Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, April 16, 2001

Winsted festival plans continue; committee to book Starlust band

By Patrice Waldron

The Winsted Festival Committee made the decision at its meeting Wednesday, to book an up-and-coming band, Starlust, for Saturday, Aug. 11.

The committee members who knew of the band spoke of their local following, its potential to draw a good crowd, and the band's current status. The band is starting to get requests to perform all over the state.

The four-member girl band, with members from Mayer and Watertown, sports futuristic outfits, shows lots of energy, and performs an array of tunes from the 1980s. Featured artists are Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, and Madonna.

It was the consensus of the committee that a good band for Saturday night is important to the festival. The band will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.


Those in charge of the parade are in the process of contacting units from previous years' parades, to find participants.

Dick Genty of the American Legion, reported on some of the units from previous years, and the cost to book them for the parade.

In past years, it has cost about $6,000 to put on the parade, which lasts about one and one-half hours.

Also discussed was the float of the Winsted royalty. In past years the float has been sponsored by the American Legion, who has agreed to carry on that tradition.

The float needs major repairs. RAM Building Supply, of Winsted, has agreed to assist with some of the building materials, reported Lisa Baumann of the Queens Committee. There have also been volunteers from various sources to help with construction.

Food and beer

The supplies for the food and beer were discussed, along with placement of food and beer serving areas.

It is the desire of the committee to purchase the necessary refreshments locally, as much as possible.

A discussion of beer and soda was held. The beer used last year was Budweiser, and the distributor reportedly gave very good service.

The company with the best deal for beer and soda will be chosen.

Serving cotton candy and/or snow cones is being considered. Those items appeal to children, and it appears that they net a nice profit for the effort expended.

Kiddy events

There are many events being planned for the children. Special attention is being made to ensure that there are activities for people of all ages.

There will be a children's parade, with the residents of St. Mary's Care Center serving as judges.

There will also be a fun run for children, with two different age groups competing.

Also being investigated are: face-painting, clowns, and a magic show. As with everything, cost is the prohibiting factor.

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