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by Pascal Gross, 15 June 2002
The Keith County flag was chosen in April 2001. It was designed by Janice Spurgin, a Keith County resident from Sutherland. Spurgin also wrote the symbolism of the flag: The blue background is similar to our state flag. It symbolizes the important link Keith County has with our state. The symbols on the flag are realistic scenes rather than abstract objects, because the people of Keith County are genuine and "down-to-earth." The sunset in the background is a familiar sight in Keith County. There is much beauty in our landscape. The windmill represents the sandhills and "cattle country" and the water depicts an important part of our county, with the many canals, North and South Platte River running and length of our county and Lake McConaughy. The three sailboats represent a number of things. The obvious thing is the recreation that abounds in our county. But they also represent the businesses and industry that have been able to stay "afloat" and even flourish, because of the ingenuity of our citizens. There are also three incorporated towns in our county that are closely linked. The shock of wheat stands for agriculture and also represents our heritage. The eagle depicts the strength and courage of our people and also our link to our nation. Eagles and other wildlife are an important part of our environment. The gold stitching around the edge stands for the close-knit community we have. Keith County was officially organized in 1873. It was named after a large rancher, M. C. Keith.
located by Dov Gutterman, 14 June 2002