The four winners of the Sooke Salmon Festival street banner competition.

New street banner artwork celebrates salmon

Four new street banners celebrating salmon could soon be unfurled in the town centre as part of next year’s Salmon Festival.

Four new street banners celebrating salmon could soon be unfurled in the town centre as part of next year’s Salmon Festival.

The festival is among events planned for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Seven Sooke artists competed in the street banner project, with four works of art chosen. The winning artists are Darlene George, David Robbers, Lonnie Chekerda and Tanya Owens.

The street banner judges were Ellie Horgan, Alex Tait, Kathy Hicks and Linda Bristol.

“The plan is for the four designs to be installed in a repeating series throughout town,” said Elida Peers, an organizer for the Salmon Festival which is being sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society.

“Our big hope right now is that we will be successful in our application to the federal government’s Canada 150 Fund, which will help enable our community to demonstrate our special pride in Canada.”

The Salmon Festival will run over the course of several months next year, encompassing many activities from the banner contest, smoked salmon competition and parade.

Each winning street banner artist will receive a $100 prize. Prizes were donated 4M Bobcat, Sooke Backhoe, Barry Marine and Village Foods.