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Bandera, Texas (U.S.)

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[Flag of Bandera, Texas] image located by Valentin Poposki, 1 February 2006

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Description of the flag

Blue over red horizontal bicolor, with a large white oval bearing a silhouette of a cowboy on a horse. This flag is the result of a competition in early 2006, and the five proposals are displayed at
Valentin Poposki, 1 February 2006

From: The Bandera Bulletin - 2 March 2006

A new flag for Bandera by Jessica Hawley:

"A new flag will soon fly in front of Bandera's City Hall. Designed by the Strzelce Opolskie town hall architect, the banner symbolizes the sister-city union between Bandera and the small Polish community. Six stripes, three red and three white, are intended to represent the six flags over Texas; two blue boxes profile a Polish huntsman and Texas cowboy; and its square shape is in replica of Switzerland's national flag. Reciprocating the honor, an official Bandera City flag will be presented to the town officials of Strzelce Opolskie. Spearheaded by Elenora Dugosh Goodley, Bandera's ambassador with Poland, the flag became a reality six months after the idea was planted in the city council's field. A flag committee comprised of 15 people from various organizations within the county narrowed down several flag designs to the top five.
The grand winner as determined by Bandera voters, was a design by Maggie Schumacher, although the council did approve some minor modifications from the original presentation. Determining that too much text was both crowding and non-cost-effective, council members voted to remove the words, "Live the Western Way."
According to City Administrator Gene Forester, the city applied for a trademark for a flag with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Feb. 22. Griffin said that the city could host various fundraisers to apply the design to other items, such as T-shirts or mugs, but for now, only a handful of flags have been ordered for production - one of which will be presented to Bandera's sister city.
Ivan Sache, 5 March 2006

I gather from this that the "cowboy" flag is official, and the other simply symbolizes the sister-city relationship as a gift from the Polish town.
Albert S. Kirsch, 5 March 2006