By Linda Scherer
Come and experience the spirit of the holiday season this weekend in Winsted for the 19th annual Winsted Winter Festival, sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce.
There is a long list of family fun activities planned for Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The holiday outdoor lighting contest Wednesday, Dec. 5 will kick off the festival’s events.
To participate in the holiday lighting contest, turn on your light display Wednesday evening, Dec. 5.
Residents of St. Mary’s Care Center, along with members of the Winsted Chamber of Commerce, will be escorted around town and given the opportunity to view the lighting displays before making a decision as to who the winners will be.
The first place winner will receive $50, second place is $30, and third place is $20. All prizes will be awarded in Winsted bucks.
The Winsted Library’s silent auction is set for Friday, 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thirty percent of the library’s proceeds will be divided between Holy Trinity, Winsted Elementary, and the Lester Prairie schools to benefit their libraries and the accelerated reading program.
The internationally famous Land of Lakes Choirboys will be performing in concert Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Tickets are available at Keaveny Drug, until Friday at noon, or at St. John’s, and tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door the night of the event.
While the Winsted royalty serves barbecues or hot dogs at the Legion Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa Claus will be available for children of all ages.
Naughty or nice, it’s a perfect opportunity for the children to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas. Duran’s Photography will be taking pictures.
On Saturday, take the time to check out the “Make-A-Difference Tree” placed in the Legion by the Adult Training and Habilitation Center. The tree will be decorated with Christmas ornaments labeled with a child’s name and Christmas wish.
The Legion is also the place to catch a ride on Joe Carlson’s hay wagon. Carlson, of Carlson’s Orchard, will provide rides between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, Saturday only.
Downstairs in the Legion’s basement, the St. Paul Railroad Club will have a display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Royalty will be caroling at St. Mary’s Assisted Living/Linden Wood Apartments from 4 to 5 p.m.
A dinner will be served at the Winsted Legion Club offering prime rib, jumbo breaded shrimp, BBQ ribs, and combo dinners, to be served Saturday, 5 p.m. until the food is gone.
If you would like to come and warm up during the parade or after, the Holy Trinity Council of Catholic Women is offering a craft, gift, bake sale, and holiday social in the school cafeteria from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Dessert, coffee and cider will be available or purchase something to bring home.
Don’t miss the highlight of the evening the lighted Christmas parade, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., with royalty from surrounding areas and grand marshals Dale and Yvonne Maus.
Immediately following the parade, the Maple Lake Jazz Band will perform in the Holy Trinity School cafeteria.
Drawings for the Winsted Winter Festival button winners will take place in the Holy Trinity School cafeteria during the Maple Lake concert. The Mauses will conduct the drawings.
KDUZ radio station will broadcast live on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Winsted Legion.