By Judy Reed
The rain poured, events were cancelled, but people came in droves anyway—and loved every minute of the 70th anniversary of Red Flannel Day.
The rain started Friday, and continued sporadically throughout the day Saturday, with periods of sunshine peaking through. But it held off for the entire parade, and the fireworks celebration later in the evening.
According to RF Board President Michele Andres, the skydivers were canceled due to the low ceiling of clouds, and both tractor pulls were canceled due to the flooding of the track. But all other events were full. There were over 130 entries in the grand parade, the flapjack breakfast was sold out, and the marketplace and arts and crafts sold out with record attendance. The grand lodge was also full each night, and according to Cedar Springs Chief of Police Roger Parent, there were no arrests related to the beer tent.
“All in all it was an exceptional 70th anniversary of the festival!” said Andres. “A tremendous job by the RF Board of Directors, all of the Chairpersons and volunteers who spend thousands of hours making the best festival in West Michigan!”