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It all began in 1936 in the midst of “the worst winter in years.” The whole


country suffered in the grip of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. A New York feature writer bemoaned the “fact” that, “Here we are in the midst of an old-fashioned winter and there are no red flannels in the USA to go with it.”


The local newspaper, The Cedar Springs Clipper, owned and edited by “The


Clipper Gals” Nina Babcock and Grace Hamilton answered the writer with a RED HOT editorial stating, “Just because Sak’s Fifth Avenue does not carry red flannels, it doesn’t follow that no one in the country does. CEDAR SPRINGS’ merchants have red flannels!”


The story was picked up by The Associated Press and orders began pouring in from all over the USA.


Jack Pollock and his wife Ann, owners of Pollock’s Store in downtown Cedar


Springs, had a large stock of Red Flannels. They were tireless supporters of the early Red Flannel Festivals and “drop seaters.”


Seeing the possibility of at least a few years of publicity because of our famous


“drop seaters” and lumbering history, a “RED FLANNEL DAY” was planned for the fall of 1939. The love, pride and support of the community has kept the rich tradition alive! It has continued to be an annual event, held the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October for the 78th YEAR, making it the 15th


oldest festival in the State of Michigan!


The Festival Board of Directors thanks all of the sponsors of the Festival and the hundreds of volunteers who make this grand event possible!


Grace Hamilton (left) and Nina Babcock (center) Clipper Editors from 1932-1955 Jack and Ann Pollock, (right) Pollock’s Store Owners


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