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A new Red Flannel Queen reigns


The 2014 Red Flannel queen and court, from left to right: Kaleigh Keech (court), Melissa Maguire (Queen) and Ellie Ovokaitys (Court).

The 2014 Red Flannel queen and court, from left to right: Kaleigh Keech (court), Melissa Maguire (Queen) and Ellie Ovokaitys (Court).

Excitement was in the air at the 2014 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant, held Saturday, September 27, at Cedar Springs High School, where six girls competed for the title.

Chosen as this year’s Red Flannel Queen was Melissa Maguire, daughter of Brian and Teresa Maguire. Court members are Kaleigh Keech, daughter of Amanda Keech and niece of Aaron and Melissa Armstrong; and Ellie Ovokaitys, daughter of Thomas and Donna Ovokaitys. Ellie was also chosen as Miss Congeniality.

According to pageant director Kaleigh Rosenberger, this year they focused on celebrating the Diamond Anniversary (75 years) of the Red Flannel Festival, and 70 years of the Red Flannel Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. To open the show each of the six contestants was assigned a decade from the past 75 years. The contestants dressed in decade wear, chose a song from their assigned decade to play behind them as they gave some fun facts about things that happened in their decade around the country, in Cedar Springs, and within the festival.

The pageant emcee was Andy Rent, radio personality for 100.5 The River. He has helped crown over 10 Red Flannel Queens since the 1970s.

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Before the pageant there was a reception for all past royalty to reconnect and reminisce, and during the pageant they were all invited back on stage and were individually introduced. Rosenberger said that there were over 30 past Queens and Court Members in attendance. There was also a video presentation looking back at all 70 years of Red Flannel Pageants, starting with our first Queen Maxine Smith. A highlight of the evening was the presence of Jean Thrall Erickson, our 1941 Red Flannel Queen. She was the third Red Flannel Queen chosen.

See the new Queen and Court this Friday and Saturday at the Red Flannel Festival. Check out the schedule and other information on our Red Flannel Post pages.

 

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High School drama club receives community share funds


N-CSH-Dram-Club-Community-ShareThe Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors delivered a Community Share check for $600 to the Cedar Springs High School Drama Club for their outstanding volunteer efforts at the 2013 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant. The Red Flannel Festival is proud of the annual Community Share Program that generated over $5,000 for area local non-profits in 2013.

The Festival is proud and excited to have been able to donate more than $40,000 to area non-profits as partners in the RFF’s Community Share Program.

As a completely volunteer, independent, non-profit organization, the Red Flannel Festival is keenly aware of the challenges organizations face in fundraising, and the RFF mission is to encourage collaboration and positive economic growth for all of the area’s non-profit organizations.  If your non-profit organization is interested in participating in this exciting Community Share Program in 2014, please contact the Festival office at 616-696-2662 or email president@redflannelfestival.org.

 

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