August 6, 2007

Get ready for the 34th Annual Winsted Summer Festival Aug. 10-12

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Make plans to attend this year’s Winsted Summer Festival scheduled to begin this Friday, Aug. 10.

The summertime blast starts at Mill Reserve Lake Park at 4 p.m. Friday evening with the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Brat busters. At the same time, there is fun bounce and mini train rides for the children.

Scheduled for 6 p.m. is a children’s treasure hunt that will have the young ones diving for coins, and there will be music by the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band, too.

On your mark, get set, go! The sixth annual canoe race will be off to a wet start at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to register for the canoe race, contact Steve Fiecke (320) 485-2434.

After the canoe race, the crowd-pleasing Karaoke by Jay is to begin at 7 p.m. The evening festivities end with a bonfire at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

The Saturday morning of the festival starts off bright and early at Hainlin Park.

Co-ed sand volleyball games and horseshoes begin at 7 a.m. If you would like to sign up for volleyball, contact Sue DeMars (320) 395-2875, or horseshoes, contact Mike Thonvold (320) 485-4248.

The first annual three-on-three basketball tourney, sponsored by America’s Fitness Center, will take place at the old tennis courts. There will be two divisions: high school and post high school. Register at the AFC Winsted or Lester Prairie, or by calling Kyle at (763) 639-6934.

A food and adult beverage stand in the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children will be delighted to be part of the kiddie parade or watch those participating in the parade, scheduled for 11 a.m.

Parents with children in the parade should meet at the Blue Note parking lot at 10:30 a.m.

Following the kiddie parade, there will be a clown show in Hainlin Park, and children’s mini train rides, once again, will be available.

At 12:30 p.m., it is the exciting pedal pull, which brings children of all ages out to challenge one another to see who can pedal the farthest.

Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. the events switch to the area located behind the American Legion building.

There will be fun for the children with fun bounce and mini train rides, plus games including ice shot, mini putt, water wars, wall climber, and dunk tank. Music will be provided by the Rewind Band.

The evening does not slow down. At 8 p.m., there will be music by the Deep Fried Tweeters Band, and at dusk, the famous Winsted fireworks will light up the skies over Winsted Lake.

Sunday, Aug. 12

The Winsted firemen will have breakfast ready to serve at 7 a.m. at the Winsted fire hall Sunday.

An outdoor community service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and lunch will be provided after the service.

At noon, the annual car show will take place between Holy Trinity church and school.

The Winsted Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of McLeod Avenue and 2nd Street. Sharon Noerenberg will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall.

Five young ladies will compete for the title of Winsted ambassador at the coronation ceremony, to take place at Mill Reserve Lake Park at 4:30 p.m. In case of rain, it will be at the Winsted fire hall.

Children’s games continue throughout the afternoon behind the American Legion, as well as bingo, ice shot, mini putt, water wars, wall climber, and the dunk tank.

For three fun-filled days, the Winsted Festival provides entertainment for families and children of all ages. Come out all three days and join in the fun!

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