By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN The 37th annual Winsted Summer Festival, which starts Friday, Aug. 6, is sure to be a weekend full of fun with a wide variety of entertainment available for the entire community.
The festival’s committee, chaired by Dale Maus, has added several new items to the festival’s program, and there are a long list of popular events, like Bratbusters, the fireworks, and Sunday’s grand parade, that will be returning as well. The royalty coronation will be on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park.
Back by popular demand, is a canoe race set for Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
The race across Winsted Lake from Mill Reserve Park and back, is being organized by Pastor Thomas Starkjohn.
There will only be one race, but individual prizes will be awarded for the winning teams for men, women, co-ed, and adult with youth. There will also be a prize awarded for the most creatively-dressed/decorated canoe and/or canoeist.
The famous Bratbusters will begin grilling brats Friday at 4 p.m., and there will be a number of activities for the children going on at the same time. A children’s treasure hunt will take place at 7 p.m.
Saturday festival-goers can begin the day early by watching or participating in several competitive games at Hainlin Park like volleyball, a bean bag tournament, and horseshoes.
Also, Saturday, there will be a 5K fun run/walk at 9 a.m. which is another new activity at this year’s festival.
Registration for the walk/run begins at Mill Reserve Park at 8:15 a.m., where the race will start. The deadline to register by mail has passed.
The finish line for the walk/run is at Hainlin Park and Lewis Avenue. Prizes will be given to the first male and female runners to cross the finish line. People ages 10 to 59 have already registered.
A tot-run is planned for 10:15 a.m. in Hainlin Park, as well.
The traditional children’s parade begins Saturday afternoon at 1, starting from the Blue Note parking lot, and the children’s pedal pull is at 2 p.m. at Hainlin Park.
Another new activity for children (and adults) follows the children’s parade, at 1 p.m. The Underwater Adventures Aquarium will put on a program called Oceans 101 at Hainlin Park.
The educational program will last approximately one hour, and afterward, children and adults will have access to approximately six to eight touch tanks.
WHAT UP has its own game for children six and up called “Capture the Flag” running from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
From 3 to 7 p.m., there is an open mic and music, and a rib dinner will be served by the American Legion on 1st Street N.
A real crowd-pleaser will be a street dance Saturday, Aug. 7 from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.
The dance will take place on 1st Street N. from Winsted Avenue to Main Avenue. The rock and roll band Zeew Factor will play, taking a break during the fireworks over Winsted Lake, which are scheduled to begin at dusk.
In case of rain, the band will move to Big Al’s Bar and Grill on Main Avenue.
There are still openings for parade units for the grand parade Sunday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. All units are free, with the exception of political entries.
At Hainlin Park, following the parade on Sunday, there will be several activities for children, a car show at 2 p.m., and the modern country band, Dixie Hicks, will perform at 4:30 p.m.
The royalty coronation will take place at Mill Reserve Park, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The dunk tank line up for this year will be as follows:
• 33:30 p.m. Rose Heimerl (Firefighter, Legion member & festival committee)
• 3:304 p.m. Scott Rehmann (McLeod County Sheriff)
• 44:30 p.m. Winsted Police Officer Justin Heldt
• 4:305 p.m. Ambassador Ana Hartwig
• 55:30 p.m. Ambassador Jasmin Bigaouette
• 5:306 p.m. Dena Harrison/Heidi Greeley (candidates)
• 66:30 p.m. Hannah Roufs (candidate)
• 6:307 p.m. Miranda Votava (candidate)
• 33:30 p.m. Fr. Tony Hesse (Holy Trinity Church)
• 3:304 p.m. Pastor Tom Starkjohn (Harvest Community Church)
• 44:30 p.m. Pastor Mark Loder (St. John’s Church)
• 4:305 p.m. Jon Davidson (Firefighter)
• 5 5:30 p.m. Emily Lynch (LPHT Varsity VB Coach)
• 5:306p.m. Amy Ohlemacher-Lonetti (Winsted Elementary Kindergarten Teacher)
• 66:30 p.m. Mary Neff (president of the Winsted Arts Council)
• 6:307 p.m. open
• 77:30 p.m. open
The Winsted Summer Festival is still accepting sponsorships to help balance the budget.
The festival doesn’t make any money, according to Maus. If it makes a little extra one year, it is set aside for the following year when the budget might run short.
But the biggest thing the Winsted community can do to make the festival a success, according to Maus, is to come to the events, play the games, and buy the food and beverages.
“We need the community to support us in order for the summer festival to continue growing,” Maus said.
Maus welcomes ideas from the community for next year’s Winsted Summer Festival. E-mail Maus at email@example.com.
Festival information and registration contacts
• General information Dale Maus (320) 485-3825
• Canoe race - Pastor Thomas Starkjohn (320) 485-3263
• Garage Sale Mary Kay (320) 420-8889 after 5 p.m.
• Co-ed Volleyball Neal DeMars (320) 395-2875
• Fun Run/Walk 5 K Sarah Magnuson (612) 718-7361
• Bean Bag Tournament Blue Note (320) 485-8698
• Horseshoes Ruben Duran (612) 310-2045
• Open Mic and Music Gary Rathmanner (320) 485-4166
• Car show Ben Lauzer (320) 492-2249
• Children’s parade Saturday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. by the Blue Note parking lot
• Grand parade Dale Maus Register Sunday, Aug. 8 next to the Blue Note parking lot. Parade begins at 1 p.m.