In preparation for the celebration of Slater’s 125th anniversary next summer, a flag design contest is being held. The winning design will be adopted as Slater’s city flag.

Howard Hammond, flag committee member, came up with the idea to have a city flag after driving through Des Moines and seeing the capital city’s city flags on display. He approached the Slater Area Historical Association (SAHA) with his idea and the SAHA decided to be one of the sponsors of the contest, along with the Community Club and city of Slater.

"It’s good for the community and it’s something different," said Barb Mallon of the SAHA.

The contest is open to anyone, including non-Slater residents, and all entries must be submitted by Sept. 30. Multiple designs can be submitted per person, but each requires a $10 entry fee. Each submitted flag design must be accompanied by a paragraph that explains the design. Both Howard and Mallon said the committee is looking for designs that are Slater-related.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three designs - $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $75 for third place. The winning design will be used as the city’s flag and will become property of the city of Slater.

The committee hopes to introduce the chosen design for the flag during Slater’s Christmas on Main, Howard said, and have the flags flying by next year’s Fourth of July/125th anniversary celebration. It has not been decided what size the flags will be - big enough to be hung on flag poles or garden-sized flags - but the final decision will depend on what the community wants because they will be the ones purchasing and displaying the flags, Mallon said. Since a size and shape of the flag has not been chosen, entrants may want to submit both horizontal and vertical versions of their design so it is more versatile.

After the winners have been selected, Mallon said all entries will be displayed at Heritage Hall for the community to see.

"I’d like to think we’ll have hundreds and hundreds of entries," Mallon said.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Slater Public Library or Slater City Hall. Items for submission may be mailed to the Slater Area Historical Association, P.O. Box 487, Slater, Iowa 50244.