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Red Flannel prince and princess


Princess Penelope Belk and Prince Diego Caballero.

Excitement filled the air at the Kent Theatre last Wednesday night, September 21, when kindergarteners and their families gathered to see who would be this year’s Red Flannel Prince and Princess.  “It is our biggest turn-out yet”, said Angie Slagter, chairperson. “I was excited to see more of our youth participating than in years past, it made for a very entertaining evening.”
The prince and princess are chosen through a random drawing of ticket entries.
Prince Diego Caballero, son of Schalese and Alvin Caballero, stood tall while being crowned and Princess Penelope Belk, daughter of Krystle and David Belk, looked gorgeous as she was crowned.  It was a magical night for these two and they have made their debut at the Queen’s pageant and will be in the Grand Parade on Saturday, and are hoping all other contestants will join them.

 

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Prince and Princess contest next week


Shown here is the 2010 prince and princess Dylan Dine-Winchel and Alayna Cook. Photo by L. VanderLaan.

The annual Red Flannel Prince and Princess contest will take place next Wednesday, September 21, at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs at 6:30 p.m. Come on out and see the littlest Red Flannel royalty get crowned!

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Events coming Sept. 24


There is a whole list of fun events coming for Saturday, September 24, including the Red Flannel 5K Run/Walk, Women’s club yard sale, a basketball shootout, the bed races, a horseshoe throwing contest, chili cook-off, fire barn open house, children’s parade, the Lumberjack supper, and the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant! See a complete schedule of upcoming Red Flannel events in next week’s Post!

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April Fool’s winner


Congratulations to Kathy Anderson, of Algoma Township, the winner of our April Fool’s contest! Kathy’s name was drawn out of all those who correctly named the fake ad—The Rock On Salon, and all four fake stories—New Red Flannel Event (running of the bulls), Rockford Springs or Cedar Rock, Oldest cat to be featured on TV, and Tiger blood hits Cedar Springs. Kathy won a fast $20 cash for her efforts!
Kathy said she liked all the stories, but “best of all is the ad for the Rock on Salon. I’d go there every week! Keep up the good work all you creative people,” she said.

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Gary Gust chosen 2011 grand marshal


Gary Gust and his wife, Lolly. Gary will be the 2011 grand marshal at the Red Flannel Festival.

The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors announced last week that they have chosen Cedar Springs resident Gary Gust as the 2011 Grand Marshal for the 72nd Annual Celebration, to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
“The Festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of Gary’s outstanding dedication to the entire Cedar Springs community,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, President of the Festival. “His fabulous community service in several organizations, and strong support of the Festival are very impressive and just what we look for in a Red Flannel Grand Marshal. It’s very obvious Gary loves Cedar Springs and the Red Flannel Festival!”
Gust has been a prominent leader in the community, volunteering his time to several organizations in youth sports and helped found the Athletic Boosters in 1981, as well as being the first President of the Boosters. He has supported the Festival for many years, including participating in numerous 5K Run events.
“We have always enjoyed Red Flannel Day, but this year will be extra special,” said Gust. “We always look forward to all the festivities. We’ve done it for years, but will do it up close this year.”
Gust remarked that he felt quite honored to have been chosen. “I hope I can live up to the expectations,” he said.
Gust attended Cedar Springs High School, and went on to Ferris State University, where he played tennis and met his wife, Lolly. Gary owned Gust Construction Company from 1979 until 2009. Today, he and Lolly enjoy their four grandchildren, harness horse racing and traveling around the world hunting.
To donate to the Red Flannel Festival, an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, view the Festival’s website at www.redflannelfestival.org or mail to RFF, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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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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A new Queen is crowned


By Judy Reed

Kali Oberdorfer (court), Queen Jenna Johnson, and Audrianna Boomgaard (court).

Kali Oberdorfer (court), Queen Jenna Johnson, and Audrianna Boomgaard (court).

You know Red Flannel Days are finally here when a new Red Flannel Queen starts her reign. That happened last Saturday evening, September 26, when Cedar Springs High School junior Jenna Johnson, daughter of Kim and Diane Johnson, was chosen as 2009 Red Flannel Queen.

Joining Jenna on the court are Kali Oberdorfer, daughter of Robert and Darcy Oberdorfer, and Audrianna Boomgaard, daughter of John and Cherri Kerr. Brittany Lenardson, daughter of Christine Ellis and Rick Lenardson, was named Miss Congeniality, and earned a $250 scholarship from the Board of Directors.

The pageant was held at the historic Kent Theatre, the same venue as the first pageant, 70 years ago.

According to Red Flannel Festival president Michele Andres, Jean Thrall Erickson, the 1941 Red Flannel Queen, was pageant hostess. “Jean shared her experiences of her crowning in 1941, at the historic Kent Theatre. She is the oldest living Red Flannel Queen and she crowned the 2009 Queen, Jenna Johnson,” noted Andres.

The audience enjoyed some spectacular entertainment, supplied by Jake Mellema, our own local American Idol, and 2008 Queen Breann Ovakaitys, who performed a violin duet with her mother, Donna.

The Queen and her court will have a busy year ahead of them, starting with appearances this week at area elementary schools, and in Red Flannel Festival activities next weekend.

Donations are still being accepted for scholarship money for the Queen and court. The Queen will receive half, and the two court members will split the other half. Last year, $6,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $10,000. If you’d like to donate, please send it to RFF Queen Scholarship fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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