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Meet Randy VanDuyn: New Red Flannel Festival President

Randy VanDuyn

Randy VanDuyn

From the RFF Board of Directors

On October 1, 2016, the Red Flannel Festival will celebrate its 77th year as our hometown tradition and landmark event for Cedar Springs. What a proud tradition we have that shows our community support for fun loving times together to highlight and celebrate this great city.

Ms. Michelle Tracy served the past 15 years as the President of the Red Flannel Festival and has made the festival a great success as she and her all volunteer Board of Directors dedicated several months of the year to keep this tradition alive.  She is thankful for her Board and all other contributors of their time, sponsorships, and community support.  Hats off to Michele for her tireless volunteerism and successful leadership.

Randy VanDuyn is proud to take over the reigns as President. He has a great investment in Cedar Springs, as he and his family have been a part of Cedar Springs for decades.  His great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Roy and Elizabeth (Libbey) Reynolds, lived at 14 Mile Road and Myers Lake Road. Randy spent his childhood years coming to Cedar Springs and playing at their farm. Randy’s mother has fond memories of shopping on Main Street. Additionally, Randy’s aunt, uncle, cousins, and second cousins reside in Cedar Springs to further the VanDuyn connections.

The Red Flannel Festival is near and dear to Randy and his family as he shares the story of being in the The Red Flannel Marching Band Competition at Skinner Field and then carrying the big bass drum in the Red Flannel parade. Randy’s father, Lloyd VanDuyn, volunteered his time and talent as the artist who created the RFF 2016 logo. Lloyd has also dedicated his time as a judge for the car show and has been a judge for the Art Review the past two years. He also volunteers each year for Art Prize.

Randy is a full-time volunteer in Cedar Springs devoted to doing all he can to serve the great people and community of Cedar Springs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Springs Rotary Club. In fact, Randy, along with Independent Bank’s Nicole Kozminski, are responsible for beginning the first ever high school Rotary Interact Club at Cedar Springs High School. From the Interact Club, Randy helped students and high school counselors begin the Peer Listeners Club in order to help students develop life leadership and help other students needing a listening ear for any variety of reasons.

As you are around town you may find Randy and his family volunteering at Metron, at PTO events, serving food at God’s Kitchen, working with the Scouts (his daughter is a member of Beach Elementary’s girl scout troop), or simply spreading good cheer and good will as that is what Randy does so well.

Randy grew up in Jenison. He is married to Laura VanDuyn, the Cedar Springs Public Schools Superintendent of Schools. They are blessed to have two healthy and kind children, Isadora (8) and Vance (5). They take great pleasure in being an integral part of the Cedar Springs community where they devote much of their lives to serving in many capacities.

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