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“RINGING in the FUN…at 71!”

Red Flannel Festival presents new events

The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 71st “Ringing in the FUN at 71!” Festival celebration, happening the last week in September, and first week in October.

“The board has added over 20 new events in the last few years and boasts over 2,000 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy-Andres. “This board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival the biggest and best ever! We’re already working on plans for big new events for the 72nd celebration in 2011!”

Last year’s new events, the Fireworks Show and Remote Control Airplane Demonstration had outstanding participation and will be back again in 2010. This year, the Festival has partnered with WLAV, 96.9 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials and the 730 television commercials will begin on various Charter cable channels this week. The beautiful, 36-page full color “Red Flannel Press” has been in distribution since August, thanks to Festival Patron Sponsors.

New this year, the Festival will debut a golf outing on Sunday, September 26 at North Kent Golf Course, led by Chairperson Jason Bailey. Cost is just $50 per person and is a 4-person scramble.

The All-American Lumberjack Show will arrive on Friday, Oct. 1 with a Kids’ Lumberjack Camp and Sawing Contest (audience participation!) at 6:30 p.m., and on Red Flannel Day, Saturday, Oct. 2, will perform three shows, in addition to Chain Saw Carving Demonstrations throughout the day.

The Red Flannel Grand Lodge, featuring the $1,000 Karaoke Contest and the local band, Main Street, will open at noon on Saturday, Oct. 2. Also, city churches have agreed to “ring their bells” for 15 minutes, prior to the Grand Parade (from 2:45 pm until 3 pm) to ring in the fun!

The Festival has partnered with Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation Department to host a free throw shoot out on Sept. 25. CS AREA PARKS & REC. and RED FLANNEL FESTIVAL Free throw shoot out will be held this Saturday, from noon until 1 pm on Main Street in front of City Hall. $5 to participate; t-shirts to the FIRST 50 participants! Three age groups, 12 and under; 13-16 and 17+ with trophies for first place!

On Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 am, next to the Cedar Pub, a demonstration of the Scottish Highlander Games will be held, with audience members participating. “This is a great sneak preview of next year’s Festival,” said Rand Ruwersma, Festival First Vice President.

“Of course, all of the traditional events are still in place,” said Andres. “The Queen Scholarship Pageant, Chili Cook Off, Bed Races, Lumberjack Supper and Grand Parade are wonderful traditions!”

The Festival has granted 501c3 non-profit status and all donations are tax deductible. The Festival is an independent, all volunteer organization with volunteer openings for individuals, families and groups to be involved. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on how to donate, volunteer or get involved with the Red Flannel Festival, call 616-696-2662 or visit www.redflannelfestival.org.

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2 Responses to ““RINGING in the FUN…at 71!””

  1. MARY GIAIMO says:

    I was wondering what year the Red Flannel Festival was not held? The reason I ask is it started in 1939 so this should be the 72 year. The first year is 1939, 2nd is 1940, third is 1941, fourth 1942. I see how the confusion started 2010-1939 is 71. But as shown above 1942 – 1939 is three but it is really the fourth year of the festival. So what year did Cedar not have Red Flannel?

  2. Administrator says:

    You are right, if we’d had them every year, this would be the 72nd, not the 71st. But actually, according to the Cedar Springs Story, there was five years that we did not have it: 1942, 43, 44, 45 and 46. We didn’t have it during WWII. They resumed in 1947. So the number 71 really only applies to the fact that we had the first Red Flannel Festival 71 years ago–not that there have been 71 of them.

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