Here is one of those flags that was surely designed by a gold-star committee on flag designing. Everything symbolizes something. The beige bands at the bottom represent the different crops of the area (apparently, corn, soybeans and corn again.) The bricks at the bottom of the lighthouse symbolize the 14 townships in the county and are an obvious afterthought. But this flag is also full of false advertising and/or outright lies. The lighthouse would make you think it’s located on Lake Erie or some other large body of water with at least a non-muddy beach. Nope: Grand Lake St. Marys (which is manmade) doesn’t have ships, so doesn’t really need a lighthouse. The rainbow rays of light emanating from the beacon of the lighthouse would make you think Mercer County is a gay mecca. Wrong again.