This fall, Dublin City Council members will review five designs and decide whether one is good enough to replace the current city flag.
Residents had through July 9 to submit flag designs as part of a project spearheaded by longtime Dublin City Councilman John Reiner.
Two judges went through 28 submissions and narrowed the field to four flags, Reiner said. Judges also will design a fifth flag that incorporates the themes found in the finalist flags, he said.
"They're all great flags," Reiner said.
Judges were selected because of their expertise in flag design, and they spent nearly three hours reviewing submissions, Reiner said. The artists' names weren't identified during the review and the city hasn't revealed the names of those who submitted the four designs selected.
Reiner said it is expected that by September council members will review the designs. Council members would have to vote to change the existing flag design, he said.
Submissions included shamrocks and representations of the Scioto River and O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, said Nancy Richison, who is responsible for government and international relations services for the city manager's office.
Submissions came from those as young as 9 years old, Richison said.
Reiner said he was inspired to revisit Dublin's flag design after a woman in a retirement home asked him how to obtain a copy of the city's current flag.
Dublin's flag was adopted by the then Village Council in March 1977. It was designed by Colleen, Cindy and Caroline McNemar through a Ladies Police Auxiliary contest.