Indianapolis flag inspires city officials to host competition for bicentennial

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis is gearing up to celebrate a big birthday.

Come June 2020, the Circle City will turn 200 years old, and city officials say they want your help ringing in the big milestone.

Soon, a design competition will be underway for the city’s bicentennial logo.

The city has had success with these types of competitions in the past.

Roger Gohl is credited for designing the current Indianapolis flag when he was just 18-years-old.

“It was circumstance that created the possibility,” said Gohl.

He was a student at Herron Art School when he entered the city’s design competition as part of a mandatory class assignment.

Little did he know, his design would win and become the official flag of the City of Indianapolis.

"It was a big deal. I got lunch with the mayor. I was on television and got the check for $50," he said.

With another design competition underway, city officials say they hope the flag’s back story will inspire others to take a chance and enter.

“I do think we want to celebrate it even more with this logo design competition and how we have this great history of actually commissioning pieces from Indianapolis citizens,” said Indy Community and Economic Development Administrator Scarlett Martin.

This time around,  the winner gets a little more than 50 bucks.

“The winner will get $5,000. We also have a youth award, which is $1,000 dollars and a popular choice,” she explained.

The winning design will be used for bicentennial posters and memorabilia.

The deadline to submit is September 1.

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