The state flag of Ohio is a burgee (swallow-tailed shape) having three red and two white alternating horizontal stripes and a blue hoist triangle, whose apex is at the center of the middle red stripe, with 17 white, five-pointed stars grouped around the white circle with a red center
Ohio state flag
Ohio flag colors - meaning
stripes: symbolize roads and waterways of Ohio
triangle: represents the hills and valleys of Ohio
white circle with a red center: Ohio (as the name starts with 'O') and the red center represents the seed of the buckeye, the official state tree which gave the state its nickname, 'Buckeye State'
stars: represent the states of the union - the 13 stars grouped about the circle represent the 13 original colonies that were united to form the United States and the four stars at the tip of the triangle represent the first four states that joined the 13 original colonies in the union (Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio) - to symbolize that the Ohio state was the seventeenth state admitted into the Union
History of Ohio flag
The Ohio state flag is called 'burgee' because of its swallow-tailed design. It was designed by John Eisenmann, architect and designer for the Ohio State Pan-American Exposition Commission. The flag was first flown from the Ohio building at the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 held in Buffalo, New York. Eisemann applied for a patent for his design and received the patent on July 23, 1901. The flag was adopted as Ohio’s official state flag by an act of the Ohio Legislature on May 9, 1902.
Ohio flag history
Ohio flag picture
Ohio flag photo
Ohio flag image
Ohio flag folding procedure
Ohio has adopted a 17-step procedure for folding its flag to symbolize its status as the 17th state in the Union. The method was created by Alex Weinstock, an Ohio Boy Scout, for his Eagle Scout service project. It requires two people.
Ohio flag folding procedure
The 125th Ohio General Assembly established a recommended procedure for the folding of the state flag by two people.
With the flag unfolded, fold the flag in half lengthwise so that the points of the flag are aligned. Fold the flag in half lengthwise a second time to form a long strip with the red disc facing the ground. Next, fold the pointed end back onto itself to form a rectangle. These steps entail three folds.
Starting on the end formed by the fold of the pointed end back onto itself, fold two inches of the flag onto itself for a flag with a three-foot hoist and a five-foot fly, or another appropriate width of fold for a flag of a different size. Repeat the folds a total of fourteen times, alternating the folds in a fan-like manner.
The result is a total of seventeen folds symbolizing that Ohio was the seventeenth state admitted to the Union. Finally, neatly and snugly wrap the remaining length of flag around the fan-folds to form a compact rectangle.