The Lewis County Commission is looking outside the office for help in designing the county's first official seal.
At Monday's regular meeting, the Lewis County Commission announced a county-wide contest to help the commission create that seal. The commission will reach out to schools and community groups around the county to collect ideas for the new image. Commission President Pat Boyle said it's time the county had that formal way to represent itself.
"We have been going without for some time. There's several counties in the state that have a seal that helps resonate that county. When you see that seal, you know exactly what area of the state you're in, and it's something else we can use for advertising purposes," Boyle said.
And that's a main reason for having a seal in the modern day. The seal can also serve as a logo to help bring both businesses and tourists to the county. With the county's current growth, that's an important job to do.
"In terms of helping us brand Lewis County, I think a sharp, recognizable seal will help us in those future endeavors," said Lewis County Economic Development Authority Director Michael Herron.
The winner of the contest will be announced in July at the ribbon cutting for the county's new Judicial Annex. The commission plans to mount the new image in the courthouse. Herron and the commission said they're looking forward to seeing how the county's residents highlight their home.
"I think it should be based on the quality of life here, the things about Lewis County that people like best, and what Lewis Countians have come to love about their community, their county, and how they see it fitting in the greater scheme of things," Herron said.
People of all ages are welcome to submit a design for the contest, although you must be a resident of Lewis County. Entries should be sealed in an envelope marked "County Seal Contest" and are due to the commission's office by noon on June 14.