Red Flannel Festival Names John Teusink 2014 GRAND MARSHAL

            The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors proudly named Cedar Springs resident John Teusink as the 2014 Grand Marshal for the 75th Diamond Anniversary Annual Celebration, to be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

“The Festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of John’s outstanding dedication to the Cedar Springs community,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, President of the Festival. John served on the City Council for 32 years, 19 as Mayor. He also served on the Library Board, was a member of the Cedar Springs Community Players and married 175 couples! Mayor Linda Hunt presented John with a framed declaration proclaiming December 11, 2008 as John Teusink Day in Cedar Springs!” It’s very obvious John loves The Red Flannel Town and especially the Red Flannel Festival! His connection to Festival Founders, Grace Hamilton and Nina Babcock is very special to us. The Red Flannel Town is a better place because of his involvement.”

John will reign this year, the Festival’s 75th Diamond Anniversary 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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2014 New Events

“A ROYAL SALUTE! Celebrating 75 years of Volunteers!”


The all volunteer Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 75th “A Royal Salute! Celebrating 75 Years of Volunteers!” Festival celebration. “We’re so grateful to have this beautiful logo designed by local artist, Doris Vinton, winner of last year’s RFF Art Review” said Brynadette Powell, Festival Trustee.

“The board has added many events in the last few years and boasts over 4,500 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy-Andres. “This board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival is the biggest and best ever! Our goal is to have Red Flannel Town events monthly leading up to Red Flannel Day, Oct. 4, 2014. We’re proud of all of the volunteers over the past 75 years who have made this a nationally recognized, quality event!”

The Festival continues to expand its advertising portfolio with the addition of billboards to advertise this year’s events! Again this year, the Festival has partnered with WLAV, 96.9 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials; and an expanded number of television commercials will begin on FOX 17 in September. The beautiful, 32-page full color “Official Red Flannel Press” will be distributed in August, thanks to Festival Business Patron Sponsors and “Friends of the Festival”, a donor program designed exclusively for individuals.

NEW this year, the Festival will debut the SCOTTVILLE CLOWN BAND in the Grand Parade, with a concert after the Parade in the Grand Lodge. “This is a fantastic, entertaining group we’ve been trying for years to have come to the Festival,” said Andres. A large volunteer picnic, to celebrate all Festival volunteers past and present will be held in August.

The Festival is excited and proud to have partnered with Rob Bliss, from Rob Bliss Creative in Grand Rapids, to film a “Red Flannel Town Lip Dub” during the 2014 Grand Parade. “Rob is nationally known for his creativity and we’re thrilled he’s part of the 75th Anniversary celebration” said Andres.

A Red Flannel Town House Decorating Contest with cash prizes, is also new for 2014, as well as a Spaghetti dinner. A Princess for a Day event will be held as a fundraiser for the Queen Scholarship Fund.

Back by popular demand are The Lumberjacks! After a 2 year hiatus, The American Lumberjack Show will again make an appearance for an interactive show for the 75th Anniversary!

Due to last years’ success, The Red Flannel Wine and Microbrew Tasting event, Art Review, Firefighter Parade, and Trolley to provide transportation to Festival goers will also return.

“Of course, the traditional events are still in place,” said Andres. “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 event applications, visit www.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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Economic Impact

Festival Economic Impact


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2013 Community Share – Son’s of the American Legion!

Red Flannel Community Share presentation with Son’s of the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287


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2013 Community Share – Jobs Daughters!

 Red Flannel Community Share presentation with Jobs Daughters


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A Pirate Story!

Terrific story from Mrs. Garnsey’s 3rd grade class, first place winners of the Beach elementary window decorating contest!

The Cedar Springs Pirate Adventure

“BATTON DOWN THE HATCHES!” yelled the boys and girls in Mrs. Garnsey’s third grade class at Beach Elementary.  It was the first day of the Red Flannel Festival in the small happy town of Cedar Springs, Michigan and something unbelievable was happening.  The smart, kind, brave third graders were about to have the most amazing adventure ever!

It was an exciting day for the town.  The parade was coming today.  But nobody knew that the pirates where coming down Duke Creek in their little row boats.  The pirates hit a rock and started to run down Main Street.  Every car they saw they would hide behind a bush or tall grass.  As people unloaded their cars the pirates got closer and closer to the town.  “Shhh”, said one of the pirates to one of their squeakiest parrots.

The pirates are coming for Cedar Springs during the Red Flannel!  The pirates are coming for Owen and Caleb but first they destroy Greenville (done-done-done)!  When Caleb saw the pirates he said, “Run and scream like a little girl”.

Other pirates floated down Cedar Creek right into town.  They began to get out of their little boats.  We saw them, the whole thing.  They came closer and we hid in the bushes until the most awful thing happened!

These pirates headed for Cedar Springs also!!!  Our school was in for a huge adventure as soon as the pirates were out of sight we went back to class.  Red Flannel was ruined for sure…or was it?

The pirates came to party at the parade.  They went to the pizza place in town.   They ordered cheese and sausage pizza.  Then they were throwing pizza everywhere.  Keegan shouted, “Food Fight!”

Then Ryan said, “Cool, Pirates!”  and after that everybody yelled “Pirates!!!”  All the kids were scared.  But the pirates were excited to get candy from the parade.  Pirates like candy!

Meanwhile, two pirates named Kendal and Andrea, where sitting down river on another ship and they saw the main street of Cedar Springs so they stopped and jumped out of their ship and walked up the street.  They saw a parade.  Andrea said to Kendal, “do you want to go join the parade?”  But Kendal said, “After we get some tea”.  So they got the tea and ran and joined the parade but they accidentally spilled a little bit of tea on a police man and they said “sorry” to the policeman and got back in the parade and said, “Yippie!”

Another group of pirates fell out of their boat.  SPLASH!  They had also landed in the state of Michigan in the town of Cedar Springs.  The people saw these pirates and said, “Whoa!”

The pirates asked the people if they wanted to walk the plank but the people said that they had rides that were more fun.  So the pirates went on carnival rides and scared the parents and the kids.  They yelled, “Arrr, hi pirates!”  The pirates just kept riding and never wanted to get off the rides!  They even got candy from the parade.

Mrs. Garnsey’s third grade students and the pirates finally meet and had fun planning together at the parade gathering candy, spinning around on carnival rides, eating pizza, and having tons of Red Flannel Day fun in Cedar Springs.  It turns out that Pirates and Cedar Springs third graders like a lot of the same things.  Red Flannel Day in Cedar Springs is really FUN!  “Arrrrrrrrrrrr”.

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2013 Red Flannel Festival, GREAT GREAT YEAR!!

What an AWESOME Red Flannel Festival!! Heartfelt THANK YOU to ALL of the volunteers, sponsors, individual donors, supporters and especially to all of our guests!!!!! Record crowds yesterday, rain held off until late and the Pirate theme was warmly embraced! Thank YOU everyone for a GREAT GREAT YEAR!!!! Onward to next year and the 75th Diamond Anniversary Festival!!!!

Head over to Red Flannel Festival, Inc. facebook photo albums and look at all the great pictures coming in!

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2013 Photos!

Head over to Red Flannel Festival, Inc. facebook photo albums and look at all the great pictures coming in!

2013 Grand Parade

2013 Bed Races

2013 Arts & Crafts

2013 Sponsor and Grand Marshal VIP Breakfast

2013 Window Decorating

2013 Art Review

2013 Queen Pageant

2013 Prince & Princess

2013 5k Run

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2013 Red Flannel Grand Parade Line-Up is available now!

2013 Red Flannel Grand Parade Line-Up is available now!

Click here for the line-up.

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2013 5K Results

The results of the 2013 Red Flannel 5k are in!

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