2012 Red Flannel Festival

“Deeply Rooted in Tradition”….73rd Red Flannel Festival Presents New Events for 2012!


The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 73rd “Deeply Rooted in Tradition” Festival celebration. “The board has added over 20 new events in the last few years and boasts over 3,200 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy-Andres. “This all volunteer board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival the biggest and best ever! We’re already working on plans for NEW EVENTS for the 74th celebration in 2013!”

Again this year, the Festival has partnered with WLAV, 96.9 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials; and the 730 television commercials will begin on various Charter cable channels in September, as well as billboard advertising. Over 10,000 of the beautiful, 36-page full color “Official Red Flannel Press” will be distributed in August, thanks to Festival Patron Sponsors. A donor program designed exclusively for individuals, “Friends of the Festival”, will return.

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.

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. 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.

The NEW Firefighter Parade that debuted last year was a phenomenal hit and will be back again this year as an annual tradition.

“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 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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