Fargo Flag

Vote for your favorite flags through September 23rd at 5 p.m. 

While the public voting has closed on the Fargo Flag, the next step is in process. The top 15 flags will be submitted to the Art and Culture Commission at the December meeting. Decisions on protocol for moving forward with the competition will be considered at that time. Stay tuned!

Submission deadline was Friday, August 28th at 5 p.m.

Forum coverage about the Fargo Flag

Valley News Live coverage about the Fargo Flag

Vally News Live follow up coverage about the Fargo Flag

Forum follow up coverage about the Fargo Flag

Portland Flag Association coverage about the Fargo Flag

Flag Submissions

Why we created the contest:

Fargo has a unique culture, one that deserves to be expressed in a way that is inclusive to all of its citizens. We are therefore looking to creating a flag that will serve to represent all of Fargo by being symbolic of who we are as a city. The Arts Partnership and the Arts and Culture Commission are working together to find a flag design that will be that symbol for Fargo.

About the contest:

The contest will run for 31 days, ending on the 23rd of August (extended to August 28th). Each flag must first be approved for appropriateness before being added into the gallery (No offensive symbols, No joke submissions, etc.). During the 31 days everyone will be able to submit and vote on what they think the city of Fargo flag should be. After the contest ends, the 15 flags with the most votes will be presented to the Arts Partnership, and the Arts and Culture Commission for review. These groups will then select one design to present to the Fargo City Commission for possible adoption. The winning artist will receive $250 from The Arts Partnership and credit for designing the winning community-voted flag.*

This is the first time that the community has attempted to create a city flag. It is important to note that if the Fargo City Commission does not approve of the flag design it may not be adopted.

You may submit a design if you currently live in Fargo, Moorhead or West Fargo or if you ever lived in Fargo and still consider it at least one of your homes. 🙂

*Upon completion of the selection based on community votes and payment for the winning design, another round of public voting may occur at the discretion of The Arts Partnership and the Fargo Art and Culture Commission. The original top 15 flags will be admitted to this round depending on opting-in to the rules of the second round of voting. More to follow after September 23.

The Guidelines for a Flag Design

  1. Keep it Simple
    1. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory…
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism
    1. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes…
  3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors
    1. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. No Lettering or Seals
    1. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal…
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related
    1. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections…

Guidelines taken from “Good Flag, Bad Flag. How to design a great flag” by Ted Kaye

These are meant to be guidelines, you don’t have to follow all of them perfectly but it sure will help when it comes to creating a good flag.


Good Flag, Bad Flag: How to Design a Great Flag

Why city flags may be the worst-designed things you never noticed, TED Talk by Roman Mars

The North American Vexillology Association (Link) http://nava.org/flag-design/


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Jackson Ridl at:


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