LOCAL NEWS

Utahns Set Up ‘Field Of Flags’ Centerpiece For Inauguration Day Events

Jan 20, 2021, 10:09 PM | Updated: Jan 21, 2021, 5:31 am
The 50 Star Productions crew next to the massive American flag near the U.S. Capitol. (Kendal White...
The 50 Star Productions crew next to the massive American flag near the U.S. Capitol. (Kendal White)
(Kendal White)

WASHINGTON – Inauguration Day was personal for a Utah company involved in the ceremonies in our nation’s capital.

50 Star Productions is best known for its giant flags at football games and other sporting events. But a couple of months ago, an event organizer reached out to see if they would be interested in using the 150-by-300-foot flag as part of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

They took the call and then took action.

“It’s the biggest stage possible for us,” said Amy Barnett, owner of 50 Star Productions. “We’re happy to do it, happy to be there to support our country.”

The 50 Star Productions crew next to the massive American flag near the U.S. Capitol. (Kendal White)

Times have been tough for Barnett and her small company since last winter when COVID-19 started shutting down sporting events – her livelihood.

So the call meant two things — some business, and maybe more exciting, a chance to be part of history doing what she loves.

“I’ve been in this business 25, 26 years and I still cry when I see the flag. I still cry when I sing the National Anthem,” Barnett said.

While she couldn’t head to Washington herself, she said her crews were eager to go.

Kendal White attended George W. Bush’s Inauguration in 2005.

“It’s kind of odd with all the lockdown,” White said. “The mall is all fenced off, high presence with the National Guard and police.” But even without the in-person fanfare, White was proud to be part of such a historic event.

The “Field of Flags” is illuminated on the National Mall as the U.S Capitol is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President Joe Biden on Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“Very cool, very fun to be a part of it and in the midst of everything going on,” he said.

Barnett has always felt like displaying the flag brings people together, and this time she was able to do that in front of the world.

“It’s a great feeling to have that part of it — the part that is bipartisan, the part that includes everyone,” she said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

SportClips in Sugar House reopens after massive apartment fire

SportClips in Sugar House reopened for business Tuesday, 33 days after they were forced to close due to a massive fire that broke out at an under-construction apartment complex.
24 hours ago
Charges against Linda Tracy Gillman were dismissed after the state was not ready to move forward wi...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Charges dropped for 75-year-old woman accused of hiring hit man

Linda Tracy Gillman is already in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband and was scheduled to be on trial for attempting to hire another person, to eliminate evidence and a witness in that case.
24 hours ago
...
Jed Boal

Plow drivers needed, but UDOT says the storm itself was the source of delay

Was it staffing issues or the storm itself at the source of traffic troubles Monday night and Tuesday morning across the Wasatch Front?
24 hours ago
...
Tamara Vaifanua

Festival of Trees showcases 11-year-old who persevered against the odds

Patient Champion of the Festival of the Trees celebrates an 11-year-old girl who lost her leg in an accident six years ago and is now defying the odds.
24 hours ago
Beaver Mountain ready...
Mike Anderson

Cache Valley resorts cashing in on early start dates

Ski resorts in Cache Valley planned for some of their earliest start dates in about a decade thanks to our recent storms.
24 hours ago
(Shelby Lofton/KSL TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Dispatchers get accidental 911 calls from skiers because of iPhone crash technology

Summit County dispatchers are seeing an uptick in accidental emergency calls from skiers. The new crash technology on iPhones is designed to detect severe car crashes, but it's often accidentally activated at ski resorts.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Utahns Set Up ‘Field Of Flags’ Centerpiece For Inauguration Day Events