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Family fun on Red Flannel Day

_RED-Bed-races1If you are looking for some great family fun, there are two events you won’t want to miss on Red Flannel Day.

Children’s parade: The annual Red Flannel Children’s Parade is Red Flannel Day, October 5. It begins promptly at 9 a.m. at the Red Flannel offices, at the corner of Maple of Main St. Boys and girls decorate bikes and wear costumes in their own parade! Parents are encouraged to walk with their children.

Bed races: Five person teams race beds around an obstacle course and compete for the best time. The Keystone Kops referee, so you never know what might happen! The bed race check-in starts at 10 a.m. and the races begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Grand Stand at Main and Ash Streets. Find an application at www.redflannelfestival.org.


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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.


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.


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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