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Red Flannel Festival adds new events


Steve and Lisa Corbett, of Courtland Township, and kids Mike, 10, and Shannon, 13, are ready and rarin’ to go to the next Red Flannel Day. According to Lisa, Steve likes to wear his Red Flannels that day. Perhaps he’ll be part of the new Red Flannel flash mob, one of the new events taking place this year.

The Red Flannel Festival will provide some fresh new events for its 73rd annual festival, titled “Deeply rooted in tradition.”

New this year is the Michigan Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall. “The addition of the Memorial Wall enhances the tradition the Festival has in honoring Veterans,” said Red Flannel Festival President Michele Tracy-Andres. Annually, the Flap Jack Breakfast profits are donated from the Brown Family to the City for the Veteran’s Memorial Park via the Festival Community Share Program.

The Red Flannel Flash Mob is another new event this year. Organized by Social Media (Twitter, You Tube, Facebook) and mobile phone texting, a flash mob is a group of people who assemble in a public place for a brief time to perform a song then disperse.

Andres said that the new Firefighter Parade that debuted last year was a phenomenal hit and will be back again this year as an annual tradition.

The American Lumberjack Show is back this year with an entertaining display of old-fashioned lumberjack skills, replacing the Fireworks Show. A new Euchre tournament will be held at the Grand Lodge, along with last year’s Cornhole tournament.

“Of course, all of the traditional events are still in place,” said Andres. “The Queen Scholarship Pageant, Car & Tractor Shows, Museum Open House, Chili Cook Off, Bed Races and Grand Parade are wonderful “deeply rooted” traditions!” For a full schedule of events, or to download event applications, visit www.redflannelfestival.org. The Festival takes place each year the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October, with the grand parade and main events taking place on Red Flannel Day, the first Saturday in October.

 

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Library almost halfway to matching grant


SPAGHETTI DINNER A SUCCESS

After the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Big Boy Restaurant last Thursday night, the library now has almost $23,000 towards the $50,000 matching grant. They raised $5,551 between the dinner and the tips.

“It was a great evening,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “We’re having fun and that’s important.”

Several door prizes were given away, including a Red Flannel town license plate, license plate frame, pies, books, and other items.

The next Big Boy fundraiser will be a taco bar in April.

HOCKEY AND BROOMBALL 

Come out this Saturday, February 25 and enjoy some fun at the Old Time Family Hockey and Broomball tournament, at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex, 4758 Cornfield Drive, just off Northland Drive. The fun starts at noon, when the Cedar Springs Police take on Kent County Law Enforcement. At 2 p.m. see the Dewey Decimals vs the Book Ends. At 3:30 p.m. it’s time for broomball with the Bureaucrats vs. the Guns and Hoses, and more broomball at 5 p.m. with the Cedar Springs High School Co-ed game. At 6 p.m. is open skate.

There will be door prizes, a shoot-out competition, and chuck-a-puck competition

You can either buy a shirt to support your team for $18 and get in free, or pay $5 at the door.  Some shirts will be available the day of the event at the door. You can see them online at the City of Cedar Springs Facebook page, or call Cedar Springs City Hall (696-1330) for more information. Red Flannel Town license plates and frames will also be available for sale, with plates $12 and frames for $18.

 

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Joe Watson named 2012 Grand Marshal


Joe Watson and his wife Florence.

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 is 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 results


We had beautiful weather for the first weekend of Red Flannel Festival 2011! There were lots of contests and activities going on, and listed below are some of the results.

5K run

Overall male winner was Brandon Smith, 31, with a time of 17:16.46.
Overall female winner was Cindy Kikkert-Penning, 45, at 20:42.09.
The first place team was Things 1 with a time of 1:37:04:00.
Visit www.playmakers.com/11results/11redFlannel.htm for all other 5K results.

The Post races to save the princess.

This princess could use a shave and a leg wax.

Bedraces

Taking first was Choice One Bank and winning best theme was Independent Bank (the judges must have liked Todd Hanson in a skirt). The Keystone Kops were there with their usual hijinks, and The Post will be doing an investigation on police corruption within their ranks, after seeing them not only hide the key to the castle, but instigating bystanders to jump on the beds, which slowed contestants down.

 

Taking first place was Mike Milanowski & Team Westside with Westside Chili.

Chili cook-off

 

 

The Chili Cookoff had 14 contestants, and Rand Ruwersma, Festival First VP, said ten were turned away. “We’re anticipating having a large tent next year to accommodate an even larger group next year,” said Rand. Taking first place was Mike Milanowski & Team Westside with Westside Chili.

 

Children’s  parade

The Children’s Parade had over 200 participants, a record! The local  4H Club, led by Cindy Karafa, was there with a fantastic petting zoo and Freddy the Clown was on hand for balloon animals and saxophone songs! Meghan Andres, Liz Tracy and Julie Tompkins distributed over 200 Fire Safety goody bags for the kids, and provided free refreshments.

Horseshoes

The horseshoe contest, an original Red Flannel event, took place next to Cedar Pub. Taking first was Wally Ewing and Harv Dumond.

Basketball shootout

No info was available at press time on the winners for the basketball shootout.

For complete results, visit redflannelfestival.org/wp/media/festival-news/.

 

 

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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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