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Red Flannel brings back the fun

A sea of red filled the street after the parade. Photo by Suzanne Ader.

By Judy Reed

True to this year’s theme, the Red Flannel Festival brought back the fun to 2021! The last two weekends, and especially Red Flannel Day, October 2, were sun-drenched, fun-filled days where people enjoyed elephant ears, a chicken dinner, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, a lumberjack show, pie eating contest, grand parade, beverage tents, music, and so much more.

“The Red Flannel Festival board felt this year’s event was a huge success,” said Red Flannel Festival President Nancy Deyman. “We were not sure how it would turn out coming out of the pandemic.” 

But people were ready. Thousands flocked to downtown Cedar Springs to enjoy the return of the legendary Red Flannel Festival.

“The Red Flannel Festival would like to thank everyone who attended the festival this year,” said Deyman.  “We hope you all had a wonderful time!”

See gallery below for some of the photos you contributed of this year’s festival.

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Red Flannel Marching Invitational

The Cedar Springs Marching band at the Red Flannel Marching Invitational on Red Flannel Day. Courtesy photo.

On Saturday, October 2, the Red Hawks welcomed nine marching bands from across the region to host the 61st Red Flannel Invitational.

In class B, Otsego took first place with a score of 92.2. Ionia scored 83.7 to place second and Kenowa Hills scored 79.8 to place in third.

In class C Tri-County scored 86.7 to place in first. Whitehall took second with a score of 83.3, Montague came in third with 79.3 and Oakridge placed in fourth with a score of 64.7.

Fulton was the only school in class D to attend and scored 57.4.

Cedar Springs performed their show, The Eternal Circus, for exhibition only.

Following the invitational, Cedar Springs, Fulton and Tri-County participated in the parade.

Senior Drum Major Gabe White says, “It was so nice to see the stadium as full as it was! It’s been amazing to see the community support that we’ve had this year! And a special thanks to all of the band volunteers who made it all possible!” 

The next opportunity to see the band perform is this upcoming Friday, October 8, at the Cedar Springs homecoming football game. The next competition for the marching Red Hawks is October 16, in Portage Northern.

Follow the band on Facebook at Cedar Springs Bands.  

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Little Red Flannel royalty

2021 Prince and Princess: (L to R): Sadie Scott and Calvin Saboo.
2020 Prince and Princess: (L to R): Liam Vodry and Everlie Bielecki.

Two sets of Red Flannel Prince and Princesses were chosen last week to represent the Red Flannel Festival. 

One set is from this year’s kindergarteners to represent 2021, and another is from this year’s first graders, to represent 2020.

According to Red Flannel President Nancy Deyman, they had a total of 20 students enter the contest. The prince and princesses were chosen by raffle tickets that were sold by the contestants.

The 2021 Prince and Princess is Calvin Saboo, son of Duke and Dana Saboo; and Sadie Scott, daughter of Jared and Danielle Scott.

The 2020 Prince and Princess is Liam Vodry, son of Scott and Brittany Vodry; and Everlie Bielecki, daughter of Josh and Jenna Bielecki.

A new float has been build by Ken Deyman for the Prince and Princess.  They will be in the main parade right behind the Queen’s float.

Congratulations to our new Red Flannel Prince and Princesses!

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The Rotary grilled chicken dinner is back

Get your grilled chicken dinner on Red Flannel Day from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club at the corner of Main and Cherry Streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the chickens are gone. Look for the big white tent. For $10, you get 1/2 grilled chicken, potato salad, roll, cookie and a drink. Proceeds go to support community organizations such as the CS Library, CS Community Food Pantry, ScoutsUSA, North Kent Community Enrichment, Youth Leadership Training, and others. See you then!

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Red Flannel fun starts this weekend

The bed races are just one of the events taking place Saturday.

By Judy Reed

The Red Flannel Festival is bringing back the fun in 2021 and you will get a taste of it this weekend!

It kicks off Friday night, with a home football game against Forest Hills Eastern, and the firefighter light parade at 9:30 p.m. 

Saturday will find more goodies on tap, with the Red Flannel 5K fun run and walk; kids day in the Heart of Cedar Springs park behind the library; those zany bed races; and the Queen pageant Saturday evening. Click Here for more info.

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Red Flannel Festival schedule of events

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021


Cedar Springs Red Hawks vs. Forest Hills Eastern High School at 7 pm.RED HAWK STADIUM


Join the Cedar Springs Fire Department in our annual Light Parade honoring all Police, Fire and Emergency Medical personnel and honoring the 9/11 20th Anniversary. Begins after the Cedar Springs Home Football game. MAIN STREET

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

RED FLANNEL 5K/10K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run

The 10K run starts at 9:00 a.m., 5K Run/Walk starts at 9:15 a.m., and the Kids Run starts at 9:45 a.m. Heart of Cedar Springs – 69 W MAPLE ST

Red Flannel Festival Kids Fun Day

11:00am to 1:00pm Kids can enjoy games, a bubble machine, face painting, plus a raffle. Free entry, $1.00 raffle tickets. Raffle time to be announced.  HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS PARK – 69 W MAPLE ST


9:00am with tasting starting at noon. HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS PARK – 69 W MAPLE ST


Five-person teams race beds around an obstacle course competing for the best time! Bring your own bed, or use one from the Festival! Check in begins at 12:30 pm; Race begins at 1:00 pm. $10 entry fee (per 5 person team). HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS PARK, MAPLE & Second Streets


Enjoy the elegance and tradition of a signature event. Tickets on sale, 3 weeks prior, at the Library, $10. Doors open at 7 pm.Pageant begins at 7:30 pm. CEDAR SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021



Friday, Oct. 1, 2021


Quality carnival rides, games with Elliott’s Amusements! 5 – 9 pm. WRIST BANDS Cost: $20.00 per person. ASH & BEECH STREETS


Giant Book Sale at the Cedar Springs Library 10:00 am –6:00 pm CEDAR SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY – 107 N. MAIN STREET


Cedar Springs Red Hawks vs. Allendale High School at 7 pm. RED HAWK STADIUM


7 pm to 12:30 am. $5 Cover. Must be 21 or over. The BEST LIVE MUSIC in Cedar Springs! Enjoy the CENTER STAGE BAND from 8 pm -midnight! NEW LOCATION: RED FLANNEL GRAND LODGE TENT; HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 – RED FLANNEL DAY


Prior to the Band Competition. Presented by the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287, Cedar Springs Middle School Marching Band. RED HAWK STADIUM, CEDAR SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL


All you can eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice, served from 7 am – noon. $8 – 12 and over; $6 – ages 5-12 and FREE for 5 years and under or Special family price $25. RED HAWK ELEMENTARY CAFETERIA


Quality carnival rides, games with Elliott’s Amusements! ALL DAY! WRIST BANDS Cost: $20.00 per person. ASH & BEECH STREETS


Vendors of many different item types displayed all day! Browse and shop in beautiful downtown Cedar Springs! CHURCH STREET BETWEEN MAIN AND SECOND


Area High School Marching Bands present half-time shows in competition. Begins 9 am. RED HAWK STADIUM, CEDAR SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL


Over 90 vendors of beautiful handmade items. 9 am – 2 pm. $1 admission  RED HAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


American Legion Post #287 Bingo Hall 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Going on our 30th year. Son’s Elephant Ears 10 am to 6 pm AMERICAN LEGION POST #287 BINGO HALL


Giant Book Sale at the Cedar Springs Library 10:00 am –6:00 pm CEDAR SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY – 107 N. MAIN STREET


Come to enter your pride and joy, or just browse and admire! Admission is FREE. Cost $15 per entry, registration at 9:30 am. Show is from 10 am – 2 pm. Winners receive FREE Grand Parade entry! ELM STREET BETWEEN MAIN AND SECOND AND MAIN AND FIRST


Antique tractors and running farm equipment fill Morley Park! Museum tours from 10 am to 2 pm. FREE admission to tractor show and family events. CEDAR SPRINGS MUSEUM, MORLEY PARK


Come and experience an EXCELLENT chicken dinner with all the trimmings at the Rotary Chicken barbecue from 11 am – 5 pm! CHERRY & MAIN STREET


By Jack Pine Lumberjack Show – Mackinaw City, Michigan. Show times at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm. THE EMPTY LOT ON THE CORNER OF MAIN AND ASH


First one to finish eating the whole pie WINS! Prizes award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Cost is FREE. Starts at NOON! Come on down and watch or join in this New RED FLANNEL TRADITION! MAIN AND ASH IN FRONT OF THE GRANDSTAND


The Children’s Parade will line up with the Grand Parade! The Prince and Princess will have their own float. Bike rider and or walkers will walk with the Prince and Princess Float. Please have your child and their bikes in the parade line up by 2:45 pm! LINE UP AT MUSKEGON & MAIN STREETS


The Festival’s signature event. Be sure to wear RED! or the Keystone Kops will arrest you! More than 120 entries of floats, bands and entertainment. PARADE BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 3 PM!. MAIN & MUSKEGON STREETS


Stop by and see Sue Harrison, who has been graciously donating her time to announce this parade for 30 years! MAIN & ASH STREETS


The Red Flannel Talent Show is a mix of musicians, singers, dancers, and other local entertainment. The show starts immediately after the Grand Parade. Tickets $3 ea. HISTORIC KENT THEATRE-DOWNTOWN CEDAR SPRINGS


Calling Cedar Springs Red Hawks! (21 and over) Red Flannel Day Red Hawk Reunion!! Music, dancing, fun, prizes, and drinks! Starting shortly after the Grand Parade. 5 to 7pm. Bring your yearbooks, Red Hawk swag and Red Flannel Day memories! 5$ cover at the door. RED FLANNEL GRAND LODGE TENT; HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS


7 pm to 12:30 am. $5 Cover. Must be 21 or over. The BEST LIVE MUSIC in Cedar Springs! Enjoy the Union Guns from 8 pm -midnight! NEW LOCATION: RED FLANNEL GRAND LODGE TENT; HEART OF CEDAR SPRINGS


The MOST FAMOUS ICON of the Festival, they arrest everyone not wearing RED! Be on the look out and prepared with $1 in “bail money” to “get out of jail”! KEYSTONE KOP JAIL at MAIN & ASH STREETS


Junior and Senior young ladies play flag football! Begins at 7:00 pm.  RED HAWK STADIUM

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Former Red Flannel Queen is 2021 Grand Marshal

By Judy Reed

The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has proudly named area resident and longtime community supporter Cindy Patin as the 2021 Grand Marshal for this year’s Red Flannel Festival, to be held on September 24-25, and October 1-2, 2021.

Cindy was originally chosen as grand marshal for the 2020 RFF, but the festival was canceled due to COVID-19.

“The festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of Cindy’s outstanding dedication to the Cedar Springs community and her dedication to the Red Flannel Festival,” said Nancy Deyman, president of the festival. 

Cindy started co-directing the queen’s pageant in the spring of 2002 until 2014. In 2014, Cindy took on the role of queen director, which coordinates the pageant director, scholarship committee and the queen chaperone.  She helped with the queen’s scholarship committee from 2002 until 2019, serving as the chair/coordinator for several years.

“Cindy was also the 1989 red flannel queen (Cynthia Wilcome), and it is obvious Cindy loves the Red Flannel town and especially the Red Flannel Festival!” remarked Deyman. 

The Post asked Cindy how she felt about being chosen to represent the RFF. “Well, at first I was very shocked and then I cried,” she said. “It is such an honor to be considered for the role of Grand Marshal. As Red Flannel event coordinators, we waited each year with great anticipation for the announcement from the board as to who was selected.  The people who have been in this role before have been an inspiration, for the selfless giving of their time and talents.  You don’t volunteer for any position for the recognition; you volunteer because of the passion and interest you have in the organization, to help it succeed and grow, and make an influence in a positive way.  This is true especially for the Red Flannel Festival, which is entirely volunteer based, and has been for all these years.”

She noted, however, that it really is an honor shared with her family. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two young adult sons–Cameron is 22 and Nolan is 20. 

“It was a team effort on the part of my family to be able to volunteer for the Festival for 18 years—my immediate family, especially, but also my extended family—my mom, my siblings, my in-laws, Jeff’s siblings, Jeff’s aunts, friends—all were asked to help along the way…and they never said no! They’ve moved things with their trucks, made dresses and re-built floats, donated garage space, served on the interview committees, etc.  They love the Red Flannel Festival and cherish its heritage, as much as I do!” she explained.

What does being a part of the Red Flannel Festival mean to Cindy?

“Being involved in the RF Festival means a great deal to me, as we are contributing to the continued success of an event that began when things were pretty gloomy (1939) as a way to lift people’s spirits and has remained stable ever since. Now it is a matter of continuing that legacy. The Red Flannel Queen Pageant, specifically, is very special, as it is a way to help teach and mentor young women in a positive way, that literally can change their lives (communication and interviewing skills, scholarship awards, etc.),” she remarked

But Red Flannel is not the only thing Cindy has been involved in.

“I’m at a different season of my life, right now. It was a very busy time—almost a blur—during my years with the Festival. We were raising our sons, Jeff was teaching and coaching (high school and college basketball), we were homeschooling (some of the time), volunteering for the boys’ school, sport teams, and theatre/haunt activities (Nolan – CS Museum), volunteering at Church (choir, gardening, leading study groups), and we were working with our business leader group as Shaklee Corporation Sales Leaders, in the health and wellness field. (Our kids are third generation Shaklee users.)  I’m so thankful for the flexibility of our business, and for the great clients and leaders we work with, that allowed us, as a family, to be able to engage in all those activities and roles. Presently, I’m still running our business, and serving on the Board of Education at Creative Technologies Academy, volunteering at our Church, writing for the Bugle and taking care of all the projects at home we set aside through the years.”

Why did Cindy and Jeff choose to be involved in so many different activities? 

“We chose to be involved in all those activities, as a witness to our sons, that our lives are meant to be spent helping and serving others,” she explained.  

Congratulations to Cindy, who will reign this year at the RF Festival’s annual celebration, 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 Queen contestants

Pageant this Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Springs Church

After a year off due to COVID-19 limitations on gatherings, the 78th Annual Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant is back, and will be held this Saturday, September 25. However, this year’s contest will feature a change of venue. Doors will open at 7 p.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs, for the 7:30 p.m. pageant. Tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library and are $10 advanced sales, $5 for students 18 and younger.

There are three contestants this year, and all are juniors at Cedar Springs High School. 

The contestants are Ree’Anna Forman, daughter of Gregory and Tasha Bielecki; Maddie Radebach, daughter of Kevin and Brooke Radebach; and Natalie Pierce, daughter of Thomas and Melinda Pierce. 

Come on out and see how hard your Red Flannel royalty has worked!  

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Read to Ride

Red Flannel Day is just around the corner on Saturday, October 5!  K through 8th Graders, are you ready to take “The Red-Reading Challenge?”  Our community’s annual Read-to-Ride Program has officially started!!  You have until October 4 at 6pm to get your (6) hours of reading done and “cashed-in” at the Cedar Springs Public Library.  At that time you will receive your FREE TICKET to ride a Carnival Ride with Elliott’s Amusements on Friday night, October 4 from 5-9pm or Red Flannel Saturday until 5pm.  You have all of September, plus four October days, to accomplish this easy-to-do goal.  Hurry, there are a limited number of tickets printed each year.

Elliott’s Amusements has been Cedar Springs’ valued reading partner for 13 years now!  Michele Andres, former Red Flannel President, pitched the idea to Deb Elliott and the Cedar Springs Library in 2006, and it has been an annual event ever since.  The Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival tradition is now in its 80th year!  

Red Flannel Library logs are available at the Library and online: cedarspringslibrary.org, cityofcedarsprings.org, redflannelfestival.org, and at solontwp.org.  Our community sponsors of this year’s Read-to-Ride Program are Clint and Pam Conley, in memory of Pam’s father, Robert Medford. 

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The Red Flannel Bed races are back!

The annual bed races are a zany way to kick off some Red Flannel fun on the Saturday before Red Flannel Day. Sign up today for some fun with your friends and family!

The bed races are a fun-filled event consisting  of 5-person teams who push a bed around a timed obstacle course.

Date: Saturday, September 25,2021

Time: 12:30PM Check In, 1:00PM Race

Where: Heart of Cedar Springs (Maple and Second)

Entry Fee: $10 per 5-Person Team thru 9/28(4 Pushers/1 Rider)

No Bed?: The Festival has a bed you can use

Rules: There must be 4 Pushers & 1 Rider. 

Each bed wheel must be a minimum of 5”.

At least two of the bed’s wheels must turn.  

Teams that do not meet these specifications will be assessed a time penalty.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd& 3rd Places & Best Theme Trophies 

Everyone is welcome—businesses, families, organizations, groups, teams.

Please send appropriate entry fee and below form to:

The Red Flannel Festival/Bed Race

PO Box 43 

Cedar Springs, MI 49319 

(616) 696-2662 or president@redflannelfestival.org

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Cedar Springs Fire Light Parade

It was 20 years ago that 9/11 shook the world, and our own Cedar Springs Fire Department is hosting a nighttime light parade next week to honor those amazing heroes who put their lives on the line that day, and those who do it each and every day for us as well. 

The parade, consisting of firefighters, police, and other emergency vehicles, will begin after the Cedar Springs High School Varsity football game.
Staging will take place at Cedar Trails Elementary beginning at 9 p.m. Fire, ambulances, police, and rescue vehicles welcome. No POV’s.

The parade will begin at 9:30 p.m. sharp rain or shine.

The first loop will be silent, with just lights. The second will be with lights and sirens. It will end back at Main and Muskegon Streets.

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Red Flannel 5/10K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run

Come join the fun on Saturday, September 25th. The last day to sign up to participate was Friday, September 10th, but don’t worry late registration is available at 7:30 a.m. morning of the run at the amphitheater in the Heart of Cedar Springs (shirts not guaranteed at late registration.)

The 10K run starts at 9:00 a.m., 5K Run/Walk starts at 9:15 a.m., and the Kids Run starts at 9:45 a.m.

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