CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WZZM)-The 73rd annual Red Flannel Day wrapped up Saturday afternoon, but the dispute over the festival's logo continues.
Festival organizers and city leaders have still not come to an agreement over trading city services for use of the festival's trademark logo. The dispute started earlier this year, when the festival board told the city to stop using its logo, after the cash-strapped city told organizers they would need to pay for municipal services.
Red Flannel Festival typically attracts 25,000 to 30,000 people each year, but organizers say this year's turnout is suffering.
"I think the controversy has been bad for both sides. I think it's sad. You know, I grew up here and graduated from here," says Laurie Nozal, who is a trustee for the Red Flannel Festival. "I think everybody in Cedar Springs wants that resolution so I hope we get it for their sake."
The Red Flannel Festival board is hoping a compromise may happen, now that a new city manager is in place.