Giant American flag raised outside new Camping World in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Veterans helped raise a giant American flag Saturday at a ceremony outside the new Camping World just off I-75 in Georgetown.

The store was packed for its grand opening. Many customers stopped to take pictures of the flag.

It had been a long time coming.

Georgetown's board of adjustments initially denied the store's request to fly the flag, saying it violated a city ordinance.

The store's manager says they worked with the city for about a year before the flag was finally approved last week.

"I think we had a great partnership with the city and we worked together to achieve a common goal at the end of the day," said David Hildebrandt, the store's general manager. "The city of Georgetown's here to put themselves on the map, and this flag certainly does that, as well as for us."

The flag pole is 130 feet tall and goes 13 feet into the ground. The flag itself is 40 feet tall and 80 feet long - a total of 3,200 square feet.

Steve Symonds, CEO of Symonds Flags and Poles Inc., runs the Texas-based company that makes the poles and flags for the giant American flags that fly outside of all Camping World stores. He says seeing Old Glory in all its glory never gets old.

"To see something this big go up - and I love America, of course, like anybody else in the U.S. should - it gets you. Every time I do it," Symonds said. "And I've been doing it for a long time."

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