By Linda Scherer
A “summertime blast” of events are all part of the 35th annual Winsted Summer Festival this weekend, Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10.
The festival is highlighted by fireworks over Winsted Lake at dusk on Friday; Sunday’s parade at 1 p.m., and the ambassadors’ coronation, which will take place Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Blue Note.
Activities beginning Friday, Aug. 8
Brat Busters at Mill Reserve Lake Park, served by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, tops the list of activities for Friday, Aug. 8 starting at 4 p.m. And for the children, Fun Bounce and mini-train rides will be available.
At 6 p.m. there will be a children’s treasure hunt, where children of all ages can dig for coins buried in a heaping pile of sand. Music by Mid-Minnesota Concert Band will be provided.
A sing along with Karaoke by Jay at 7 p.m. is followed at dusk with an explosion of fireworks over Winsted Lake.
A second day of fun activities Saturday, Aug. 9
Food and beverages will be available at Hainlin Park throughout the day Saturday, Aug. 9. Also, at Hainlin Park there is a number of sporting events for adults beginning early in the morning.
For those interested in men’s modified softball, register with Troy Schmidt (320) 485-3663, co-ed volleyball, register with Neal DeMars (320) 395-2875, and horseshoes, register with Mike Thonvold (320) 485-4248.
A children’s parade at 11 a.m. will be followed by a clown show at 11:30, and children’s mini-train rides. The children’s pedal pull, which is made to accommodate children of all ages, is at 12:30 p.m.
Along with rock and roll music by Zeew Factor Band beginning at 3 p.m., there will be Fun Bounce, and mini-train rides along with games balloon sling shot, minnow races, cast a fishing line, mini-putt, water wars, wall climber, and dunk tank.
If interested in helping with any of the games, call Mike Mahoney at (320) 485-7447.
A 5:15 p.m. polka Mass by St. Anastasia’s polka band will take place at Holy Trinity Church.
Then dance to classic rock and roll music by Rewind Band at 8 p.m.
Coronation at the Blue Note is Sunday, Aug. 10
Sunday, Aug. 10 will once again offer men’s softball.
The annual Winsted fireman’s breakfast starts at 7 a.m. at the fire hall.
St. John’s Lutheran Church will have an outdoor community service at 10 a.m.
Come to Hainlin Park beginning at noon and see the lineup of automobiles at the car show. If interested in showing off your own vehicle, register with Ben Lauzer (320) 492-2249.
A major highlight of the entire weekend is the parade at 1 p.m. beginning at the corner of McLeod Avenue and 2nd Street.
Get a good seat and watch for the grand marshals, Paul Millerbernd and David Millerbernd.
If anyone is interested in being part of the parade, register with Dale Maus (320) 485-3825.
Other events will be at Hainlin Park with food and beverages available, including bingo at 2 p.m. children’s games, Fun Bounce and mini-train rides along with other games balloon sling shot, minnow races, cast a fish line, mini-putt, water wars, wall climber and dunk tank.
Modern country music with the Dixie Hicks featuring Winsted native Lauren Eggert starts at 2:30 p.m.
Come out and see who the new Winsted ambassadors will be for 2008-09 at the royalty coronation which will take place at the Blue Note at 4:30 p.m.
Festival buttons are available throughout the week at Winsted Hardware Store, Keaveny Drug, Dueber’s, Glenn’s SuperValu, Herald Journal, JoEllen’s New Image Salon, Winsted Library, and from Winsted Ambassador candidates.
The festival button drawings for first place is for $100, second place for $50, and third place is $25. The current ambassadors will do the drawing at the ambassadors coronation at the Blue Note ballroom. You do not have to be present to win.
Fill the train for the food shelf
This weekend during the Winsted Summer Festival, organizers are hoping to collect a large amount of food/donations for the McLeod County Food Shelf, which is in great need of donations at this time.
Throughout the weekend, a food shelf collection point will be placed Friday night at Mill Reserve Park, and Saturday and Sunday at Hainlin Park.
During the parade Sunday afternoon, the Luce Line Express train will be the last unit, and people watching the parade are encouraged to “fill the train” with items for the local food shelf as it goes by.
If interested in sending a monetary donation to the food shelf, do so at:
McLeod County Food Shelf
808 East 12th Street
Glencoe, MN 55336