Those interested in being part of Winfield’s history by designing its community flag need to submit entries in this week. The Winfield Community Flag Contest deadline is Sunday.

Winfield Convention and Tourism is holding a flag design contest to commemorate 150 years since Winfield’s founding in 1870. A committee is working toward a 150th sesquicentennial celebration based on Winfield’s incorporation date of 1873. This is in keeping with previous celebrations that have been held based on the incorporation year — the 25th Jubilee in 1948, the centennial in 1973, and the 125th year celebration in 1998. The sesquicentennial celebration is in 2023.

The winning flag design will be revealed next year, however, and residents will get the chance to adopt the flag and integrate it into the community before the 150th year celebration.

El Dorado recently held a contest for their new flag and lent a helping hand to Winfield Convention & Tourism to get this contest going. The winning El Dorado flag has symbols representing oil derricks, wheat stalks and the Walnut River. More information on the El Dorado flag can be found at www.eldoks.com/398/El-Dorado-Flag.

Five elements of good flag design, according to the North American Vexillological Association, are as follows:

• Keep it simple. A child should be able to draw it from memory.

• Use meaningful symbolism. 

• Use two or three basic colors. The colors should contrast well and come from the standard color set.

• No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

• Be distinctive or be related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but similarities to show connections are OK.

Contest entry forms can be picked up at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. Ninth Ave., the Cowley CourierTraveler, 201 E. Ninth Ave., or the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council, 700 Gary St. They can also be downloaded online at visitwinfield.com/history/winfield-flag-contest.

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