“Button Down the Hatches!”


The all volunteer Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working diligently to provide fresh new events for the 74th “Button Down the Hatches!” Festival celebration. “We’re turning our famous ‘Sea of Red’ into a Pirate Paradise,” said Brynadette Powell, Festival First Vice President.

“The board has added many events in the last few years and boasts over 4,000 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! We’re already working on plans for NEW EVENTS for the 75th Diamond Anniversary Festival in 2014!”

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 the 730 television commercials will begin on various Charter cable channels 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 FIRST EVER Red Flannel Art Review, with local artists vying for cash prizes in local venues, beginning in late August. The RF Art Review winners will be announced at the NEW Red Flannel Wine and Microbrew Tasting event on September 14.

Also new this year is an old fashioned trolley that will be used to transport Festival goers to various events and venues on a route. “We’ve had several requests for this over the years. The Festival is thrilled to partner with B&W Charters from Kalamazoo to make this happen,” said Festival 2nd VP Anna Nozkowski.

The Firefighter Parade returns this year on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 pm in downtown Cedar Springs!

“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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