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Discussion: US Made Control Flags

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Oct 12, 2021 8:00 PM # 
annemathews:
With supply chain problems, we would like to buy our equipment for The World Games 2022 in the US for delivery to Birmingham, Alabama.

Does anyone know of a company that sells Control Flags that are made in the US?

Thanks in advance, Anne
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Oct 13, 2021 1:57 AM # 
jtorranc:
Honestly, I'd be amazed if control flags have ever been made commercially in the US.
Oct 13, 2021 3:05 AM # 
jjcote:
If anybody had them made domestically, I'd guess it would be Gale.

(Do you need brand new ones for the event?)
Oct 13, 2021 11:29 PM # 
RWorner:
You could likely borrow enough flags from OUSA clubs to run the event.
Oct 13, 2021 11:37 PM # 
Cristina:
The flags will need to be new flags with the logo of the event printed on them.

I know ratty old flags of various shades would look more authentic on tv and in photos but what are you going to do.
Oct 14, 2021 6:38 AM # 
ebone:
Perhaps a couple decades ago, I remember someone making control markers for sale in the U.S. It was a small operation, and I now don't remember who it was.
Oct 14, 2021 5:25 PM # 
mikeminium:
Perhaps that was the Compass Needle?

Another place to check might be Treklite. If they don't currently make control bags, perhaps they could?
Oct 14, 2021 5:41 PM # 
jjcote:
I don't think Compass Needle ever made controls, but in any case she's retired. (If she did make controls, it would have been entertaining to have these made by her, because I think the most straightforward way she could have done a logo was via machine embroidery!)
Oct 14, 2021 7:17 PM # 
BrianJohnston:
Incidentally I see it’s a free event at the Games.
And it listed under the Trend sports category.
https://twg2022.com/sports/orienteering/
Oct 14, 2021 8:09 PM # 
jjcote:
Meaning you don't need to buy a ticket to watch, yes?
Oct 14, 2021 10:01 PM # 
yurets:
That above description of orienteering at World Games is weird

Denmark is mentioned 3 (three) times, while say Russia or Finland are not at all, although Denmark is relatively nothing, in comparison.
Oct 14, 2021 10:12 PM # 
Uncle JiM:
Maybe Denmark is mentioned because they are the current (defending) champions.
Oct 15, 2021 12:55 PM # 
annemathews:
Thanks for all of the input. Currently all three events, Sprint, Middle Distance and Relay are non-ticketed meaning free.

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