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Community share program


The Red Flannel Festival is once again offering area non-profits a way to earn some money for their organization while working the Red Flannel Festival events. According to the Red Flannel Board of Directors, they generated over $5,600 for local non-profits last year.
Some events they need help with include the 5K run, Chili cook off, Queen pageant, children’s parade, arts and crafts fair, and grand parade.
If your organization is interested in this opportunity to participate in the community share program, send an email to president@redflannelfestival.org to get a form.

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Council member charged with bribery!


N-Council-member-briberyOne of our eagle-eyed readers snapped this photo of one of the Cedar Springs City Council members being arrested for bribery on Red Flannel Day.

According to Kathy Bremmer, of Cedar Springs, she was talking with Council Member Ken Benham on Red Flannel Day when suddenly he was nabbed and handcuffed to a light post by the Keystone  Cops.

“They declared him guilty of bribing an officer and shouted out his alleged offense as passing crowds looked on,” said Bremmer. “As they threatened him with billy clubs, he remained a good sport and was ultimately released for, I presume, good behavior. Or, perhaps it was the onset of yet another rain shower that drove them to release him so they  could seek shelter.”

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Rainy Red Flannel day shines anyway


Rainy Red Flannel day shines anyway
By Judy Reed
The rain poured, events were cancelled, but people came in droves anyway—and loved every minute of the 70th anniversary of Red Flannel Day.
The rain started Friday, and continued sporadically throughout the day Saturday, with periods of sunshine peaking through. But it held off for the entire parade, and the fireworks celebration later in the evening.
According to RF Board President Michele Andres, the skydivers were canceled due to the low ceiling of clouds, and both tractor pulls were canceled due to the flooding of the track. But all other events were full. There were over 130 entries in the grand parade, the flapjack breakfast was sold out, and the marketplace and arts and crafts sold out with record attendance. The grand lodge was also full each night, and according to Cedar Springs Chief of Police Roger Parent, there were no arrests related to the beer tent.
“All in all it was an exceptional 70th anniversary of the festival!” said Andres. “A tremendous job by the RF Board of Directors, all of the Chairpersons and volunteers who spend thousands of hours making the best festival in West Michigan!”
Turn to page 9 for some photos from the festival, and check out our website at www.cedarspringspost.com for festival results and even more photos!

By Judy Reed

The rain poured, events were cancelled, but people came in droves anyway—and loved every minute of the 70th anniversary of Red Flannel Day.

The rain started Friday, and continued sporadically throughout the day Saturday, with periods of sunshine peaking through. But it held off for the entire parade, and the fireworks celebration later in the evening.

Red Flannel Queen Jenna Johnson, and court members Audriana Boomgaard and Kali Oberdorfer waved to the crowd during the Red Flannel Festival parade Saturday. Photo by P. Crystal

Red Flannel Queen Jenna Johnson, and court members Audriana Boomgaard and Kali Oberdorfer waved to the crowd during the Red Flannel Festival parade Saturday. Photo by P. Crystal

According to RF Board President Michele Andres, the skydivers were canceled due to the low ceiling of clouds, and both tractor pulls were canceled due to the flooding of the track. But all other events were full. There were over 130 entries in the grand parade, the flapjack breakfast was sold out, and the marketplace and arts and crafts sold out with record attendance. The grand lodge was also full each night, and according to Cedar Springs Chief of Police Roger Parent, there were no arrests related to the beer tent.

“All in all it was an exceptional 70th anniversary of the festival!” said Andres. “A tremendous job by the RF Board of Directors, all of the Chairpersons and volunteers who spend thousands of hours making the best festival in West Michigan!”

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Don’t miss the Red Flannel day talent show


Carly Morehouse, a member of the local band “Every Other Thursday” will be performing at the talent show.

Carly Morehouse, a member of the local band “Every Other Thursday” will be performing at the talent show.

The 2009 Red Flannel Day talent show is especially exciting this year. We have a great array of talent, including the return of singer/songwriter Alexis Kaiserlian, and the gifted guitar/banjo player Calder Baker. Two local bands will perform, AlchemyAnthem with Jesse Franks, Spencer Hopkins, and Levi Velting, and Every Other Thursday with Nick Bonarski, Jordan Sagorski, and Carly Morehouse.

Kellyn Vos and Tyler Bennet will be performing a piece from the musical “Grease” at this year’s Red Flannel Town Talent Show.

Kellyn Vos and Tyler Bennet will be performing a piece from the musical “Grease” at this year’s Red Flannel Town Talent Show.

Kellyn Vos and Tyler Bennet perform a piece from the musical “Grease,” the local Christian/Rock group Abstract Faith will showcase their talent and act as the house band during the show to boot. Add to this a host of dancers, singers, and musicians, and you will enjoy a showcase of young talent from the area at the Kent Theatre.

The show begins after the parade (about 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $3.00. Don’t miss this family-friendly, fun event!

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Red Flannel 5K run breaks record


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It was a beautiful Saturday for the annual Red Flannel 5K run/walk, and it broke a record last week with over 150 runners!

S-5K2The winning team was RMT, with a total team time of 1:33:15.23. Team members were John Rottshafer, Jennifer Overvoorde, Michelle Sysko, Scot Middlebrook, and Scott Pawlukiewicz.

Overall male winner was Josh May, age 27, with a time of 16:39.37.

Overall female winner was Cindy Kikkert-Penning, age 43, with a time of 22:13.02.

Results by Age Group:

Overall Male Winner
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 1 1 122 Josh May 27 16:39.37 5:22.38
Overall Female Winner
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 15 1 113 Cindy Kikkert- Penning 43 22:13.02 7:10.01
Male 14 and under
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 23 21 128 Max Brieden 13 22:50.22 7:22.01
2 54 35 119 Mitchell McIntyre 14 27:16.20 8:47.81
3 74 42 69 Sean Herp 13 30:40.75 9:53.79
4 94 45 55 Mason Bolt 13 38:07.18 12:17.80
Female 14 and under
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 102 54 40 Kaitlyn Tucker 6 42:00.00 13:32.90
Male 15 – 19
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 2 2 103 Craig Stevenson 18 17:31.06 5:39.05
2 13 13 22 Decker Richmond 15 21:51.05 7:02.92
3 18 16 76 Tallmadge Richmond 16 22:29.83 7:15.43
4 42 30 13 Caden Shea 15 25:29.61 8:13.42
5 43 31 39 Justin Herp 16 25:29.73 8:13.46
Female 15 – 19
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 70 30 114 Taylor McIntyre 16 29:55.18 9:39.09
2 73 32 60 Nicole Bolt 16 30:28.26 9:49.76
3 89 45 7 Beccie Manshaem 16 35:53.45 11:34.66
Male 20 – 24
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 3 3 137 Mike Bigney 22 17:58.22 5:47.81
2 7 7 136 Andy Feravich 20 19:24.54 6:15.66
3 48 33 149 Ben Deurloo 21 26:53.54 8:40.50
Female 20 – 24
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 25 3 126 Tiffany Ohman 23 22:59.65 7:25.05
2 62 25 24 Emily Scow 24 28:18.87 9:08.02
3 91 47 47 Krystal Lynn Earl 20 36:18.43 11:42.72
Male 25 – 30
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 6 6 125 Craig Potter 27 19:24.34 6:15.59
2 9 9 139 Alan Lugo 26 21:09.84 6:49.63
3 12 12 144 Aaron Brinks 28 21:40.24 6:59.43
4 21 19 112 Mike Jacquemin 29 22:40.65 7:18.92
5 24 22 68 Scott Pawlukiewicz 26 22:52.36 7:22.70
6 49 34 129 Nick Vanderhyde 30 26:55.14 8:41.01
7 56 36 16 Chay Wilkinson 25 27:30.70 8:52.48
8 64 38 996 Scott Christie 30 28:28.01 9:10.97
9 98 47 70 Raymond Sephram 27 39:29.43 12:44.33
10 99 48 20 Daniel Earl 29 39:36.64 12:46.66
Female 25 – 30
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 33 7 140 Michele Miles 26 23:39.30 7:37.84
2 41 12 111 Becky Jaquemin 29 24:45.34 7:59.14
3 50 16 130 Sandra Vanderhyde 28 26:55.39 8:41.09
4 51 17 28 Janette Boyd 29 26:57.08 8:41.64
5 92 48 65 Sarah Balasia 25 37:49.50 12:12.10
6 100 52 19 Crystal Earl 30 39:51.61 12:51.49
7 109 61 46 Kimberly Warren 28 47:18.67 15:15.70
8 110 62 8 Becky Bosserd 25 47:19.02 15:15.81
9 112 64 118 Nikki Anderson 29 50:20.09 16:14.22
Male 31 – 39
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 4 4 29 Jay Bowers 39 17:59.46 5:48.21
2 11 11 34 Joe Wilson 33 21:28.21 6:55.55
3 16 15 108 Jake Aho 33 22:22.11 7:12.94
4 22 20 43 Kevin Grifhorst 36 22:47.38 7:21.09
5 36 28 67 Scot Middlebrook 37 24:03.73 7:45.72
6 69 40 106 Charlie Salisbury 36 29:39.35 9:33.98
7 78 43 117 Scott Anderson 37 31:25.94 10:08.37
8 97 46 12 Bubba Raymond 37 39:29.21 12:44.26
Female 31 – 39
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 17 2 146 Marie Henry 31 22:25.93 7:14.17
2 28 5 31 Jennifer Overvoorde 33 23:16.43 7:30.46
3 29 6 58 Michelle Sysko 38 23:19.10 7:31.32
4 34 8 53 Maria Spedoske 33 23:44.20 7:39.42
5 47 15 32 Jenny Haywood 36 26:38.58 8:35.67
6 52 18 134 Janie Stevens 32 26:59.65 8:42.47
7 53 19 102 Brook Nichols 35 27:12.26 8:46.54
8 55 20 101 Dora Marsman 31 27:17.87 8:48.35
9 63 26 57 Michelle May 37 28:23.72 9:09.59
10 65 27 998 Carmen Noorman 34 28:33.31 9:12.68
11 68 29 997 Cora Jones 36 29:08.15 9:23.92
12 72 31 25 Erika Lake 33 30:16.56 9:45.99
13 75 33 145 Kelly Borgais 38 30:43.93 9:54.82
14 79 36 105 Tracy Salisbury 31 31:49.08 10:15.83
15 81 38 80 Pam Priolo 38 32:33.51 10:30.16
16 85 41 44 Kim Coan 36 33:36.33 10:50.43
17 96 51 42 Kelly Hanke 34 38:41.32 12:28.81
18 101 53 5 Angela Bolt 34 41:59.77 13:32.83
19 103 55 27 Heidi Tucker 34 42:00.17 13:32.96
20 104 56 3 Aleece Yancey 32 42:33.43 13:43.69
21 108 60 123 Amy Brown 37 45:08.22 14:33.62
22 113 65 131 Dana Hilyer 36 51:39.28 16:39.77
23 114 66 75 Suzanne Block 37 51:39.42 16:39.81
24 115 67 72 Stephanie Myers 37 52:08.64 16:49.24
Male 40 – 55
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 5 5 62 Rick Green 41 19:12.35 6:11.73
2 10 10 147 Tim Lunger 51 21:11.65 6:50.21
3 14 14 110 Tony Sorensen 47 22:03.41 7:06.91
4 19 17 36 John Couch 41 22:30.26 7:15.57
5 30 24 127 Torrey Ohman 48 23:23.34 7:32.69
6 31 25 54 Martin Garnsey 48 23:29.10 7:34.55
7 32 26 124 Steve Umphrey 50 23:36.26 7:36.86
8 35 27 132 Dennis Rosenberger 44 23:52.05 7:41.95
9 45 32 83 Mark Afman 48 26:21.20 8:30.06
10 67 39 115 Ron McIntyre 50 29:07.67 9:23.76
Female 40 – 55
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 27 4 38 Julie Rasmussen 43 23:13.16 7:29.41
2 38 9 141 Terri Sorensen 43 24:29.31 7:53.97
3 39 10 11 Bonnie Silvernail 41 24:43.21 7:58.45
4 40 11 35 JoEllen Yokom 45 24:43.42 7:58.52
5 44 13 63 Ruthann Bonney 52 26:12.76 8:27.34
6 46 14 995 Janice Myers 50 26:38.44 8:35.63
7 57 21 999 Polly Bolt 48 27:34.50 8:53.71
8 58 22 33 Jill Walcott 43 27:47.56 8:57.92
9 60 23 77 Teresa Fletcher 43 28:12.82 9:06.07
10 61 24 84 Rebecca Afman 48 28:16.72 9:07.33
11 66 28 81 Lynn Wilson 45 28:45.08 9:16.48
12 76 34 18 Connie Wojciakowski 42 30:52.81 9:57.68
13 77 35 9 Betty VanPatten 44 31:19.69 10:06.35
14 80 37 51 Linda Lehman 40 31:57.67 10:18.60
15 82 39 109 Pam Marvel 47 32:40.25 10:32.34
16 88 44 59 Nancy Manshaem 46 35:53.22 11:34.59
17 93 49 79 Tracy Valentine 49 37:49.67 12:12.15
18 95 50 71 Shelly Herp 40 38:07.33 12:17.85
19 105 57 66 Sarah Richmond 44 44:17.53 14:17.27
20 106 58 121 Cindy Brown 48 45:07.59 14:33.42
21 107 59 120 Cynthia Brown 48 45:07.97 14:33.54
22 111 63 116 Sondra McIntyre 40 50:18.02 16:13.55
23 116 68 74 Susan VanSweden 51 52:08.85 16:49.31
24 117 69 6 Arlene McKinney 41 57:43.81 18:37.36
Male 56 and over
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 8 8 138 Dale Moody 56 19:34.40 6:18.84
2 20 18 37 John Rottshafer 58 22:35.97 7:17.41
3 26 23 148 Glenn Stout 60 23:07.21 7:27.49
4 37 29 133 Gordon Neville 58 24:26.68 7:53.12
5 59 37 142 Gary Gust 64 27:52.58 8:59.54
6 71 41 143 Robert Sullivan 59 30:02.52 9:41.46
7 84 44 150 Lewis Salisbury 80 32:43.66 10:33.44
Female 56 and over
Place Overall Gender Place Race # Name Age Time PPM
1 83 40 135 Nancy Berg 57 32:41.48 10:32.74
2 86 42 107 Denise Aho 56 35:07.67 11:19.89
3 87 43 104 Lynne Welder 63 35:25.50 11:25.65
4 90 46 15 Carol Borgais 58 35:56.00 11:35.48

Results by team

Team Name: RMT
Team Place: 1
Team Score: 12
Total Team Time: 1:33:15.23
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
2 20 37 John Rottshafer 22:35.97 7:17.41
2 28 31 Jennifer Overvoorde 23:16.43 7:30.46
3 29 58 Michelle Sysko 23:19.10 7:31.32
5 36 67 Scot Middlebrook 24:03.73 7:45.72
6 24 68 Scott Pawlukiewicz 22:52.36 7:22.70
Team Name: Team Brieden
Team Place: 2
Team Score: 15
Total Team Time: 1:45:13.46
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
1 23 128 Max Brieden 22:50.22 7:22.01
3 74 69 Sean Herp 30:40.75 9:53.79
5 43 39 Justin Herp 25:29.73 8:13.46
6 44 63 Ruthann Bonney 26:12.76 8:27.34
9 63 57 Michelle May 28:23.72 9:09.59
13 76 18 Connie Wojciakowski 30:52.81 9:57.68
19 95 71 Shelly Herp 38:07.33 12:17.85
Team Name: Richmonds plus three
Team Place: 3
Team Score: 17
Total Team Time: 1:38:48.66
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
2 13 22 Decker Richmond 21:51.05 7:02.92
3 18 76 Tallmadge Richmond 22:29.83 7:15.43
4 51 28 Janette Boyd 26:57.08 8:41.64
8 56 16 Chay Wilkinson 27:30.70 8:52.48
20 104 3 Aleece Yancey 42:33.43 13:43.69
20 105 66 Sarah Richmond 44:17.53 14:17.27
Team Name: Team Anderson
Team Place: 4
Team Score: 19
Total Team Time: 2:18:57.41
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
1 70 114 Taylor McIntyre 29:55.18 9:39.09
2 54 119 Mitchell McIntyre 27:16.20 8:47.81
7 78 117 Scott Anderson 31:25.94 10:08.37
9 112 118 Nikki Anderson 50:20.09 16:14.22
10 67 115 Ron McIntyre 29:07.67 9:23.76
23 111 116 Sondra McIntyre 50:18.02 16:13.55
Team Name: S.A.M.
Team Place: 5
Team Score: 25
Total Team Time: 1:58:58.21
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
2 86 107 Denise Aho 35:07.67 11:19.89
3 16 108 Jake Aho 22:22.11 7:12.94
6 69 106 Charlie Salisbury 29:39.35 9:33.98
14 79 105 Tracy Salisbury 31:49.08 10:15.83
16 82 109 Pam Marvel 32:40.25 10:32.34
Team Name: Gals 1
Team Place:
Team Score:
Total Team Time:
Score Overall Race # Name Time PPM
24 115 72 Stephanie Myers 52:08.64 16:49.24
24 116 74 Susan VanSweden 52:08.85 16:49.31

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Red Flannel fun starts this weekend


Soaring at 70 and beyond

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Fire Department are always fun to watch in the yearly bed races. For a complete listing of events for this weekend and next, turn to page 10.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department are always fun to watch in the yearly bed races. For a complete listing of events for this weekend and next, turn to page 10.

Red Flannel festival-goers will celebrate the 70th anniversary this year of the first Red Flannel Festival, held in Cedar Springs on November 11, 1939.

That first festival was full of fun and exciting lumberjack-themed events, including a Red Flannel clothesline race, a wood piling contest, and a horse-shoe pitching contest. There was even a spittin’ contest. The spittin’ contest was for the regional championship, and the world-championship was at East Jordan the following spring. The Cedar Springs Story recorded that Herbert Whiteside, of Sand Lake, won the title with a total of 153 points for expectorating his cud of tobacco into a can on the sidewalk.

The first Red Flannel Queen, Maxine Smith, had been chosen in a pageant at the Kent Theatre days earlier, and was crowned on Red Flannel Day during half-time of the football game between the Red Flanneled Hawks of Cedar Springs, and the Wildcats of Sand Lake.

An account in the Grand Rapids Press of that first event said, “Grandpa’s drawers may have blushed unseen, but Red Flannels faced the world in all of their flaming glory today. It was Cedar Springs first Red Flannel festival, celebrating the fame of the town that New York neither had nor knew everything.”

The festival ran for three years—1939-1941—and then took a break during World War II. The festivals resumed in 1948.

While this year’s Red Flannel Festival won’t include a spitting contest, some of the events are the same as the first year—including a horse shoe contest, getting thrown in jail for not wearing red, and holding the Red Flannel Queen contest in the historic Kent Theatre. Others, such as the Lumberjack dinner, came along later, but have stood the test of time. And new events have continued to be added over the years, finally culminating in a festival that spans two weekends—the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October.

According to Festival president Michele Andres, the board has added 18 new events in the last few years. A new children’s fun run has been added to the 5K this year, and the car show has a new larger area. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Soaring at 70 and beyond,” also new this year is a remote control airplane demonstration, on Saturday, October 3, from 10 am until 2 pm. at North Park. At 1:30 pm the same day the Allegan Skydiving demonstration team will soar over the festivities and land at North Park to join the Remote Control Airplane Show. The skydivers will be available to sign autographs. Also new this year is the 70th Anniversary Fireworks Show, to begin at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the corner of White Creek Avenue and Solon Road. In case of rain, the show will be held Sunday evening.

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Red Flannel Town talent show tryouts


Guitar and banjo talent Calder Baker was one of last year’s performers at the Red Flannel Town Talent show.

Guitar and banjo talent Calder Baker was one of last year’s performers at the Red Flannel Town Talent show.

Organizers of the Red Flannel Town talent show are looking for local talent to showcase this year on Red Flannel Day, October 3. Have talent? Bring it on! We are looking for singers, dancers, variety acts and theatrical skits. Tryouts for the show are at the Kent Theatre on Sept. 3, between 6 and 9 p.m. Bring your instruments and music and be ready to showcase your talents. Practices for Red Flannel Day will be held each week. The show will be held directly after the parade at the Kent Theatre.

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