Lexington 250th Celebration!

In 2025, we will celebrate Lexington’s founding in 1775. In September 2023, Mayor Linda Gorton announced the members of the Mayor’s 250 Lex Commission. The commission is planning an entire year’s worth of events honoring the cultural and historic significance of Lexington’s past, present and future.

Lexington was founded in 1775, one year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, by William McConnell and frontier explorers who set up camp near a natural springs, now known as McConnell Springs. In honor of the American Revolution battles in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the frontiersman named their site Lexington.

One focus of the commission will be the month of June 2025, called ‘Come Home’ month. June is the month Lexington is believed to have been named. The city is inviting anyone who has lived here, has family here, or would like to see all we have to offer to travel here for a month-long cultural experience.

Check back for more details as they become available on the design competition, sponsorships and scheduled events. To submit suggestions, email 250lex@lexingtonky.gov.

Commission members

  • Eunice A. Beatty, Ph.D. – Co-chair
  • Kip Cornett – Co-chair
  • Lisa Adkins – Blue Grass Community Foundation
  • Monica Calleja – Casa de la Cultura de Kentucky
  • Markus Cross – Realtor
  • Ray Daniels – Equity Solutions Group
  • Annissa Franklin – Urban League
  • Toa Green – Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream
  • Preeti Gupta – Community Volunteer
  • Amanda Hale – The Lexington School
  • Tom Harris – University of Kentucky
  • Christy Hiler – Cornett
  • Whit Hiler – Cornett
  • Amanda Higgins – Lexington History Museum
  • Lisa Higgins-Hord – University of Kentucky
  • Heather Lyons – Office of the Mayor
  • Christa Marrillia – Keeneland Association
  • Everett McCorvey – University of Kentucky Opera
  • Megan Moloney – Transylvania University
  • Mary Quinn Ramer – VisitLEX
  • Brian Sipe – Central Bank Center
  • Vice Mayor Dan Wu – City of Lexington
  • Nathan Zamarron – LexArts

Design Competition

One of the first steps taken by the commission will be a 250th-birthday branding competition. Residents will be encouraged to submit designs for consideration as the official 250 Lex brand logo. Submissions can be submitted at 250LEX@lexingtonky.gov.

Design Competition Rules

LFUCG’s 250LEX Commission is conducting a Logo Contest to help promote and celebrate the anniversary of the city’s founding. The winning logo will be used in all marketing materials as well as promotional products, including those for sale and giveaways.

The criteria for the logo are as follows:

  • The logo must include the 250LEX as part of the graphic
  • One submission per person
  • Contestants are permitted to work in groups, but only one prize will be awarded
  • Entries must be submitted as JPEG file
  • Logo must be flexible for resizing and use in multiple executions that range from small and large reproductions
  • All entries must be received on or by Monday, Nov. 13, 2023

The winning entry will receive $2,500 cash.

In consideration for the $2,500 cash prize awarded, the contest winner must sign a release that grants LFUCG the right to a royalty-free, non-exclusive and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish or otherwise use, and to authorize others to use, any work or materials eligible to be copyrighted, trademarked or patented for LFUCG’s purpose. The release will also affirm that the winning submission is the contestant’s own original work, has not been copied from others or previous designs, including their own and does not violate the intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

Judging of the logo submissions will be conducted by the 250 LEX Commission and all their decisions will be final. Once selected, they will have the right to adapt, modify or otherwise use the winning submission in part or its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate. 

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