All Aboard!

“ALL ABOARD! The Red Flannel Express Steams into Red Flannel Town for the 2016 Festival! Celebrating 77 years of Red Flannel Fun!

The all-volunteer Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 77th “All Aboard the Red Flannel Express” Festival celebration, on Saturday, October 1, 2016. “We’re so grateful to have this beautiful logo designed by local artist, Lloyd VanDuyn,” said Randy VanDuyn, Festival First Vice President.

“The board has added many events in the last few years and boasts over 5,500 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy. “This board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival is the biggest and best ever! The comments about the old fashioned steam engine train theme have been very positive!”

The Festival will partner with 95.7 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials; and an expanded number of television commercials will begin on Charter Cable Channels in September. The beautiful, 36-page full color “Official Red Flannel Press” has already been distributed, thanks to Festival Business Patron Sponsors and “Friends of the Festival”, a donor program designed exclusively for individuals.

NEW this year is a scramble Red Flannel Open Golf Tournament, hosted by Whitefish Lake Golf and Grill.

Also NEW this year, the Festival will debut a large model train show in Red Hawk Elementary Gymnasium. Also this year, the Grand Lodge will be hosting live music for two weekends, with Tribute bands the first weekend. The Firefighter Memorial Parade will return this year after a few year hiatus!

The Red Flannel Art Review, Red Flannel Town House Decorating Contest, Trolley to provide transportation, and the Giant Arts and Craft Fair, Carnival and Marketplace will also return.

“Of course, the traditional events are still in place,” said Tracy. “The Car & Tractor Shows, Museum Open House, Rotary Chicken BBQ, Lion’s Lumberjack Supper, Queen Scholarship Pageant, Bed Races and Grand Parade are wonderful traditions!” For a full schedule of events, or to download all event applications, visit www.redflannelfestival.org, visit the Red Flannel Festival, Inc. Facebook page or email president@redflannelfestival.org

The Festival was granted 501c3 non-profit status and all donations are tax deductible. The Festival is an independent, all volunteer organization with volunteer openings for individuals, families and groups to be involved. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on how to donate, volunteer or get involved with the Red Flannel Festival, call 616-696-2662 or visit www.redflannelfestival.org.

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