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A royal salute—75 years of volunteers!

The 75th Red Flannel Festival presents new events for 2014

N-Red-Flannel-Lumberjack-showThe Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 75th “A Royal Salute—75 years of volunteers!” Festival celebration. “This is a very special year for all of the volunteers, said Brynadette Powell, Festival Second Vice President. “It’s truly through their efforts, over 75 years, that have made this Festival internationally famous!”

“The board has added many events in the last few years and boasts over 4,600 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy-Andres. “This board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival is the biggest and best ever! We’re already working on plans for new events for the 76th Festival in 2015!”

This year, the Festival has partnered with Townsquare Media, 98.7 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials; and television commercials will begin on FOX 17 in September. A special 75th Anniversary Edition, 34-page full color “Official Red Flannel Press” will be distributed in August, thanks to Festival Business Patron Sponsors and “Friends of the Festival,” a donor program designed exclusively for individuals.

New this year, the Festival will debut a Speed Trivia Contest in the Grand Lodge. There is also a House Decorating Contest to showcase Red Flannel Town Pride.

Justin Harndon and the Cedar Springs High School television production class will create live a World Record (attendance) Lip Dub during the Grand Parade.

The Scottville Clown Band is also new this year! They will march in the Grand Parade and then perform a concert in the Grand Lodge.

Connie and Curtis, 95.7 FM radio personalities will be here live on Red Flannel Day!

After a few years’ hiatus, the All American Lumberjack Show is back! There will be three shows on Saturday featuring world class lumberjacks chopping, sawing and log rolling.

Back again is the Red Flannel Art Review, with local artists vying for cash prizes in local venues, beginning in late August. Also back this year is an old fashioned trolley that will be used to transport Festival goers to various events and venues on a route. “The Festival is thrilled to partner with B&W Charters from Kalamazoo to make this happen,” said Festival 1st VP Mark Laws.

“Of course, the traditional events are still in place,” said Andres. “The Car & Tractor Shows, Museum Open House, Rotary Chicken BBQ, Lion’s Lumberjack Supper, Queen Scholarship Pageant, Bed Races and Grand Parade are wonderful traditions!”

For a full schedule of events, or to download event applications, visit www.redflannelfestival.org.

The Festival was 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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