By Judy Reed
Just two more weeks and Main Street in Cedar Springs will be filled with red as far as the eye can see! This year’s theme is “Deeply rooted in tradition,” and the tradition extends back to 1939, when the first Red Flannel Festival was held. The festival continued in 1940 and 1941, but was not held again between 1942 and 1947, according to The Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and the late Donna DeJonge, due to the government asking that such activities be curtailed during WWII. They resumed again in 1948. That was the year that a new congressman in the third district, Gerald R. Ford, was on hand to crown Jean Townes as the new Red Flannel Queen.
The Festival has grown and changed over the years, and this year is no different. You’ll find many of the same events you’ve come to know and love, some things new, and some things changed. It’s part of what makes our Festival a new and exciting experience every year!
New this year will be the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, which will be escorted in by motorcycles Red Flannel morning; a Euchre tournament; and the Grand Valley State University Marching Band will march in the annual parade. Changes include the children’s parade and the bed races moving to Red Flannel Day morning, and the Grand Lodge moving to the American Legion parking lot. Returning this year is an all-time favorite, the All-American Lumberjack show. Gone, however, is the firefighter parade and the fireworks.
Watch the Post for the next two weeks for more Red Flannel info and be sure to check the Red Flannel Post section of the site for upcoming events!