You get to help pick the new flag that will represent Columbia

The 19 finalists for the new Columbia flag design.
The 19 finalists for the new Columbia flag design. Provided photo

After more than 100 years, Columbia is getting a new flag (yes, the city has a flag).

Out with the old corn-and-cotton flag, in a with a new banner to “represent the people and culture of our great city and serve as a unique icon of Columbia that all citizens can be proud to fly,” said Lee Snelgrove, director of One Columbia for Arts and History, which is spearheading the crowd-sourced flag quest with the Columbia Design League.

More than 540 flag concepts were received from the public. They’ve been narrowed down to 19 finalists, which people can now comment on online at www.colaflag.org.

Public input will be considered until July 10, at which point a panel of stakeholders and design experts will make a final design selection.

The creator of the winning flag design will be awarded a $2,000 prize.