idea stemmed from an OTA conference in April. OTA is a five year old nonprofit organization that brings together creative entrepreneurs in the " ota" states South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota to share experiences and ideas.
Group wants to unfurl Sioux Falls' identity in a flag
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"He gave us a friendly ribbing that we lack a city flag," Weber said. "For a community that's growing, creative, that is a bit of a problem."
The Sioux Falls flag committee wants to fix that, and it's inviting people to submit Sioux Falls flag designs by July 15.
The North American Vexillological Association, devoted to the study of flags, surveyed the largest 150 communities in the nation and found only three lacked a city flag. One of them is Sioux Falls.
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"This region has the same creative entrepreneurial capacity the rest of the planet does. It's just spread out," said Hugh Weber, the banner committee chairman.
"Coming out of the event, more than anything else we heard were people suggesting they would be involved in creating a suitable flying banner for the city of Sioux Falls," Weber said.
Zeke Hanson is a traveling photographer and videographer who works in Sioux Falls about 10 days each month. He was doing video for the OTA conference in April and felt compelled to submit a flag design.
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The 550 OTA conference attendees heard why it's important to have a flag and wanted to get started.
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Attractiveness: no lettering or state seals
basic colors at the most
Symbolism: the symbol used should make people instantly think of the city it represents
Simplicity: a 5 year old child should be able to draw the flag from memory.
The idea to hold a contest came quickly after the conference.
The conference in April featured a speaker named Converse White Shoes India Ted Kaye, editor of a scholarly journal called Raven that covers vexillology, the study of flags. At the conference, Weber said Kaye scolded Sioux Falls.
POLL: Should we create a Sioux Falls flag?
Flag designs have been submitted, and Weber said he's already noticing a couple themes, including the falls.
Distinctiveness: the flag shouldn't look like the flag of any country
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