Geauga County, Ohio, Flag

May 18th, 2018

Geauga

 

Geauga County is located in Northeast Ohio and consists of 408 square miles. The county was formed in 1806 and chose the city of Chardon as the county seat. The county name, Geauga, means raccoon in the Native American Iroquoian language.

 

The county held a flag design contest in 1953 and chose a design during the Ohio Sesquicentennial. Ray Diedrich, a 15-year-old from the county, submitted the winning entry. The common name for the flag is the “Stars and Maple Leaf”.

 

The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:

 

*     Maple Leaf: The annual Maple Festival held in the county, and the maple-sugar industry

*     Stars: Represent the 16 townships in the county

 

Apparently, the flag fell into disuse and another county flag design contest was held in 1978. The winning entry was submitted by Russell Elementary school student Beth Berkobein. No images are available of that flag, but it is said to have had a red field and featured a maple leaf containing the image of a raccoon. The words “County of Geauga” appeared above the maple leaf, and “Close to Nature” appeared below the maple leaf. That flag never came into use and the old flag is still the official flag.

 

The Ohio Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, features plaques and accompanying flagpoles from each of the 88 counties in Ohio. The flags were presented at the Ohio Statehouse in 2005 during the Bicentennial flag dedication ceremonies and are now displayed annually.

 

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