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Town celebrates in style

Town celebrates in style

Red Flannel Queen's float

Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph and court members Sam McGahan and Kayla Ovokaitys ride on the Red Flannel Festival float in Saturday’s parade. Post photo by J. Reed.

A sea of red rolled over the city of Cedar Springs last Saturday, October 2, and left thousands of tired but happy festival-goers in its wake.

The annual Red Flannel Festival was a rousing success, with many events sold out. According to RF Festival president Michele Andres, the Flapjack Breakfast sold out with over 700 breakfasts served. This is the first year that Amy Brown, and the Brown Family did the breakfast. Estimates now show $1,500 from the breakfast being donated to the Veteran’s Park in downtown Cedar Springs!

The Marketplace (vendors downtown) and Arts & Craft Show booths were also sold out.

The new All-American Lumberjack Show from Minnesota was a great success with large crowds at all four shows.

The parade had 112 entries, and more marching bands than in previous years, which was great to see. There were many great floats, and lots of interesting costumes.

An outstanding fireworks show closed out the evening.

The Cedar Springs Police Department reported one arrest and two citations in regard to the Grand Lodge (beer tent). According to Sgt. Ed Good, they arrested one individual on Friday night, who was asked to leave twice and then became combative. She was lodged at the Kent County jail. On Saturday night, Sgt. Good reported that a couple of people received citations for drunk and disorderly conduct but were not lodged in the jail. “Overall things went well,” said Good.

Andres agrees. “All events ran smoothly this year, and all seem, at this point, to be within budget. It’s truly because of the months of planning that the entire Festival runs so smoothly. We’ll have final numbers in November, along with the totals donated by the Festival to other non-profits for the Community Share Program,” she said.

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