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Red Flannel royalty chosen

The 2017 Red Flannel Queen and Court were chosen Saturday evening, September 28, at Cedar Springs High School. From L to R: Court member Morgan Nauta, Queen Jenna Alcumbrack, and Court member Emily Pierson. Photo by Megan Rosenberger.

This past Saturday, September 28, seven very talented young ladies took to the Cedar Springs High School stage in the hopes of becoming the 2017 Red Flannel Queen. This year was the 73rd Red Flannel Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. It was emceed by Cedar Springs teacher Dave Stuart, who returned for his second year as the master of ceremonies. Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler, the 2007 Red Flannel Queen, served as the evening’s hostess. She has directed the pageant for the past five years.

The seven contestants took to the stage in a fun opening number, where they hand-jived and rocked around the clock with dance partners, capturing all of the fun of the fifties. They then took the stage in their business attire, where they answered a question about Red Flannel Festival history. Before breaking for intermission, Dave and Kaleigh were able to highlight the Red Flannel Scholarship. This is the 27th year that a scholarship has been given to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Since 1990, the scholarship fund has raised over $100,000 dollars, and 100 percent of the money has gone directly to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Donations can be made to the Red Flannel Queen’s scholarship fund by going to the Red Flannel Office or the Red Flannel website at redflannelfestival.org.

After intermission, contestants dressed in an evening gown of their choice, and again took the stage, this time escorted by their fathers and grandfathers. While on stage they had a spontaneous conversation with Master of Ceremonies Dave Stuart, and answered questions he created from their application.

Another highlight of the evening was Hostess Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler interviewing the 2017 Grand Marshal Tom Anderson. Tom took time to reminisce about his beginnings with the Festival, how he possibly became the first parade announcer all on his own, with no instruction, and his famous fur coat that he recently donated to the Festival. It was a great time of learning more about our Grand Marshal and all that he has brought to the Red Flannel Festival over the years.

After saying goodbye to the 2016 Red Flannel Queen and Court, Miss Congeniality was announced. The Miss Congeniality award is an honor given to the contestant whom her fellow contestants felt conveyed enthusiasm, friendliness, and support throughout the pageant process. This year Miss Congeniality was awarded to two contestants—Melody Hughes and Emily Pierson.

Finally it was time to announce the new queen. The 2017 Red Flannel Queen is Jenna Alcumbrack, and her Court members are Morgan Nauta and Emily Pierson.

Jenna and her court will go to different events through out the city this week and oversee all of the events on Red Flannel Day, including the main parade.

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