Monterey- The Monterey Select Board and State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announce today that they are sponsoring a contest to design an official flag for the Town of Monterey. The contest is open to any individual or group of any age who would like to participate.
All residents are encouraged to submit a flag design: teachers, students, seniors, artists or any individual interested in creating a piece of Monterey history.
Once chosen, Monterey 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 have welcomed delegations from Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Otis and New Marlborough to the State House so they could present their flag to state officials,” said Senator Downing. “When visitors come to the State House and realize 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 Monterey’s colors are hung in the Great Hall for all to admire.”
Flag contest entry forms are available online at www.montereyma.gov or can be picked up at Town Hall (435 Main Road) or at the Monterey Library (452 Main Road). The deadline for submitting a flag design for the contest is October 31, 2011. The community at large will vote on the top 5 finalists; those designs will then be judged by a panel of Monterey officials. The winning design will be announced on December 12th and the new flag will be raised locally on January 9, 2012.
After the local ceremony Senator Downing will host a delegation from the community in Boston to officially present Monterey’s new flag to BSB officials at the State House.