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Read to ride

Prek-8th graders need to get their 3-6 hours of reading done and get to the library to exchange their reading logs for free coupons to ride carnival rides during Red Flannel days, October 5-6. The library closes at 6 p.m. on Friday or logs can be cashed in during Red Flannel day at the friends of the library’s book sale across the street from the Kent Theatre.

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Church to hold “Rocktastic” Fall Festival Concert

Want a family-friendly reason to stay in town after the Red Flannel Day parade? The Springs Church is holding its first ever Red Flannel Day Awesome Rocktastic Fall Festival Concert right after the parade, in the church parking lot at the corner of Oak and First Streets. Come enjoy some of your favorite tunes from 89.9 WAYFM, let the kids jump in the free bounce house or make their way through the free obstacle course, and munch out on free hotdogs. Come party with The Springs—you’ll have a rockin’ good time! For more information, call the church at 696-2970.

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Motorcycle escort route final

Motorcycles will escort the Vietnam Memorial Wall (weather permitting) from the Rockford Meijer at 9 a.m. and will arrive in Cedar Springs approximately 10 a.m. They will come off of the freeway to 17 Mile Road, and follow into downtown on Muskegon to First Street. They will turn north on First Street, then follow it to Oak Street where they will turn west, and then north on Main Street to Vanderhyde Ford.

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Parade route change for marching bands

Those who enjoy watching the marching bands in the Red Flannel Day parade need to be aware of a change in their route.

Red Flannel Festival President Michele Andres said that the school requested all bands be staged just south of Muskegon on Main Street. It’s easier logistically and the Grand Valley State University band (who will march this year) is very large. Marching bands will be on MAIN STREET ONLY of the parade route, not from the start at Fifth and Muskegon to Main. So if you normally sit on Muskegon Street and don’t want to miss them, you might want to find another location this year.

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Joe Watson named 2012 Grand Marshal

The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors proudly named Cedar Springs resident Joe Watson, Sr. as the 2012 Grand Marshal for the 73rd Annual Celebration, to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Watson, 77, moved to Cedar Springs in 1963. He was raised in Virginia, and served in the military in North Carolina before moving here. He and his wife, Florence, have been married 54 years and raised five children: Jedonne, Joseph Jr., Charlie, Kelli and Merri. All graduated from Cedar Springs High School.

“The Festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of Mr. Watson’s outstanding dedication to the entire Cedar Springs community,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, President of the Festival. “His outstanding community service in several organizations is very impressive and exactly what we look for in a Red Flannel Festival Grand Marshal. It’s very obvious Joe loves Cedar Springs and especially the Red Flannel Festival! The Red Flannel Town is a better place because of Joe’s involvement.”

Watson has been a leader in the community, volunteering his time to several organizations coaching youth sports and was one of the founding members of the Cedar Springs Athletic Association (created for youth athletics) prior to the formation of the Athletic Boosters. He supported the Festival for several years with his dedicated service as a Keystone Kop and Grand Parade Organizer.

Watson said he was excited to serve and honored to be chosen. “I think it’s a nice gesture,” he remarked. “I was very surprised.”

Mr. Watson and his wife Florence will reign over the two weekends of the 15th oldest Festival in the state of Michigan, sharing the Red Flannel warmth of our community to visitors and residents.


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Red Flannel 5K Run/walk

The Red Flannel 5K Run/walk takes place Saturday, September 29, and is a fun thing for the whole family to do! Awards and kids fun run follow the main run. 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Red Flannel office, on 21 E. Maple Street. The kids fun run starts at 9:45 a.m. There is a “best dressed” Red Flannel competition.

Download a form from redflannelfestival.org or visit their Facebook. You can also call them at 696-2662.

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Rotary Chicken Dinner

It’s that Red Flannel time of year again, so get ready and get hungry for the Cedar Springs Rotary Club Chicken Dinner! Cooked right on site at Cherry and Main St. Juicy grilled chicken, side salads, roll/butter and a beverage all for just $8.50! Tickets are on sale now through your local Rotarians or check in with Julie Wheeler at Independent Bank, Denise Gates at ChoiceOne Bank or Aaron Gauger at White Creek Lumber.
Get your Chicken Dinner tickets today!

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Lumberjack supper

The Cedar Springs Lions Club has hosted the Lumberjack Supper prior to the Queen’s pageant every year since 1941. The supper consists of ham, fresh side pork, boiled potatoes, and all the trimmings. Dinner served on Saturday, September 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School cafeteria.

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Read to ride

PreK-8th Graders can earn two tickets to ride the carnival rides during the Red Flannel Festival by reading books.

The rules are simple. Pick up a log at the Cedar Springs Public Library on the corner of Cherry and Second St. Read 3 hours and get your parent or teacher to initial and get a coupon for a free carnival ride or a bag of popcorn during Red Flannel Days. Read 6 hours and get 2 coupons.

Cash in your log during open hours at the CS Library until Red Flannel Day. Logs are redeemable on Red Flannel Day from 10am-2pm at the Friends Book Sale on Main Street across from the Kent Theatre.

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Red Flannel Queen’s pageant contestants

It’s Red Flannel time! Yes, the 73rd Red Flannel Festival—Deeply Rooted in Tradition—will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012, and these young ladies began practice this week, to be crowned the next Red Flannel Festival Queen and Court. The scholarship pageant takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. Advance tickets are $10 at the Cedar Springs Library, $13 at the door.

The contestants for this year’s pageant are:  Front row:  (L to R) Kendra Coons, Jordyn Nichols, Nicole Matzke, Aiyana Plank, Elizabeth Bullen, and Cynthia Karaba.  Back row: (L to R) Elizabeth Moore, Alysha Chaney, Kendra Weidenfeller, Brittney Robinson, Michaela Burnett, Dani George, Hannah Ringler, and Kellie Spahr.  

The contestants for this year’s pageant are:  Front row:  (L to R) Kendra Coons, Jordyn Nichols, Nicole Matzke, Aiyana Plank, Elizabeth Bullen, and Cynthia Karaba.  Back row: (L to R) Elizabeth Moore, Alysha Chaney, Kendra Weidenfeller, Brittney Robinson, Michaela Burnett, Dani George, Hannah Ringler, and Kellie Spahr.

Contributions are now being accepted for 2012 Red Flannel Queen and Court Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made by sending a check, payable to the RF Queen Scholarship Fund, to PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI, 49319. Or, use the new on-line donation feature via PayPal at www.redflannelfestival.org, under the Queen’s Pageant Tab! The pageant will feature an opening eclectic number with professional dancers from Sleeping Dog Yoga, as well as entertainment from traditional Irish dancers of the Claddagh Clan Performing Dance Group.

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