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Contest Announced: Help Design Pittsfield's Official City Flag!
February 01, 2011

Pittsfield- Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and Mayor James Ruberto announce today that they are sponsoring a contest to design an official flag for the City of Pittsfield.  The contest is open to any individual or group of any age who would like to participate. 
“The creation of a Pittsfield flag is just one of the ways we will be celebrating our 250th Anniversary,” states Mayor Ruberto. “We encourage anyone and everyone to submit their ideas.  I’d love to see teachers at all levels to present this to their classes. Scout troops, book clubs, seniors or any individual are all invited to be part of this.”
Once chosen, Pittsfield will present its flag to state officials in Boston.  The largest meeting room and function space in the Massachusetts State House is called the Great Hall.  In 1992 the Bureau of State Office Buildings began a project to improve the acoustics of the room by collecting the official flags of the 351 Commonwealth communities and hanging them throughout the space.  State House visitors are often awed with the degree of detail represented in the flags and how they proudly display a community’s history and heritage. 
“Over the past two years I enjoyed hosting delegations from Stockbridge, Otis and New Marlborough at the State House so local officials and residents could present their new town flag to state officials,” said Senator Downing.  “When Pittsfield residents visit the State House and learn that their hometown is not represented in the Great Hall they are often disappointed.  I’m excited to kick off this process and look forward to the day when Pittsfield’s colors are hung in the Great Hall for all to admire.”
Flag contest entry forms are available online at or can be picked up at the Mayor’s office in Pittsfield City Hall, located at 70 Allen Street; the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Avenue, or at the Berkshire Athenaeum, located at One Wendell Ave.  The deadline for submitting a flag design for the contest is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  A panel of judges will pick up to 5 finalists.  These designs will be posted on the City of Pittsfield's website for the public to vote for their preferred choice. The winning design will be announced at the end of March; the new flag will be raised locally during the April 29th Pittsfield 250 Celebration.  After the local ceremony Senator Downing will host a delegation from the City in Boston to officially present Pittsfield’s new flag to BSB officials at the State House.


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