STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Magnolia flag is flying high across the state after voters approved of the new state flag on Tuesday.
Rocky Vaughan is the designer of the Magnolia flag. He said on election night, everything seemed surreal.
“My phone was blowing up,” said Vaughan.
Excitement filled the living room of the Vaughan's house as votes came in approving the artist's flag design.
“Watching the numbers just kept rising and I was like ‘wow, this is gonna happen,’” Vaughan explained.
Over 70 percent of voters approved the Magnolia flag to represent the state of Mississippi.
Vaughan attributes the high acceptance rate to the flag's curb appeal.
“It looks good," said Vaughan. "It looks great, and I knew if it was pleasing to the eyes it be more acceptable and an easier transition.”
The artist worked on this project for several years, but he said his background and skill set made him destined to create the new flag.
“It really makes sense that seven years ago I was compelled to even try to tackle this topic, because I’m cool with every demographic so I figured with my talents I’ve got to give this a shot and it paid off,” explained Vaughan.
After all the hard work and years put into this moment, Vaughan said seeing his flag fly still seems unimaginable.
“Every time I see it, I’m, I know I’m going to just stop and stare for a little bit and be thankful."