The search for the mythical lake serpent, known as Naitaka by the Syilx people, has eluded many who have sought her in Okanagan Lake, but a group of children have come up with their own vision of Ogopogo — through art.
Each year, Vernon’s Ogopogo Environmental and Engineering Consultants hold an art contest, where children between the ages of one and 12 years old, submit their artistic interpretations of the Okanagan’s most famous celebrity.
“We want to recognise the beautiful work of those who enriched the Ogopogo as a true Okanagan legendary creature,” said Andy Matysiak, Ogopogo Consultants president.
This year, after evaluating more than 50 paintings and drawings, the company and its consultants came up with the following winners of the contest.
In the age category one-to-four, first place went to Shion Phelan of Vernon. In second place was Kofenzna Lafond, Westbank; third place, Kimmimela Louis, Vernon; fourth place, Charlie Otum Lidley Manchester, Westbank; fifth place, Sheanna Phelan, Vernon; sixth place, Racer Miller, Vernon
In the age category seven-to-12 first place went to Keianna James of Oliver. In second place was James McFazden, Oliver; third place, Georgia Wenger, Vernon; fourth place, Maia Matysiak, Vernon; fifth place, Maddo Crumb, Kelowna; sixth place, Warrick Crumb, Kelowna.
The winners will be going on a search for Ogopogo at Squally Point near Peachland, on Sept. 15.