By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN The Winsted Summer Festival will officially kick off this weekend, but because of the city’s 125th anniversary, the party is starting early this year.
“We’ve got something going on every night,” organizer Dale Maus said.
There is no cover charge for the 125th anniversary events, and a $2 Winsted Summer Festival button is all that’s needed to participate.
Buttons can be purchased ahead of time at local businesses, or during the festival.
Those having a button will be eligible to win a prize of $200, $100, or $50 in a drawing to take place at the royalty coronation Sunday, Aug. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park. There is no need to be present to win.
More details of events are provided below. For more information about the festival, follow the link at www.herald-journal.com or contact Maus at (320) 485-3825 or email@example.com.
Starting today, and throughout the rest of the week, a quilt and vintage memorabilia exhibit is on display at the Schlagel building (downtown at First Street and Main Avenue) from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 11, the display will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
Today is also the beginning of the medallion hunt, with the first clue in the “happenings” section of the Herald Journal. Subsequent clues will be given at www.herald-journal.com and at Winsted City Hall.
A karaoke contest will take place this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park. Prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded. Contact George Schulenberg at (320) 485-4730 for details.
A program for adults and teens called “Understanding the US and Dakota Conflict of 1862, 150 years later” will take place at the Schlagel building from 6 to 7 p.m. The presentation, conducted by the McLeod County Historical Society and McLeod County libraries, will focus on the story of a mixed blood Dakota and Anglo woman and her family in Minnesota, leading up to and during the Dakota War.
Square dancing with caller Abe Meier, who has been calling dances since 1976, will take place at the Blue Note Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. Dancing partners are not needed, and no experience is necessary.
A pie-eating contest will be conducted by the Winsted ambassadors at 6:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park. The “Wizard of Oz” will be shown in the park at dusk.
Winsted’s National Night Out event will take place at 6 p.m. at Hainlin Park, followed by an 8 p.m. performance at the Blue Note by the Winsted Community Choir.
All events Friday, Aug. 10 will take place at Mill Reserve Park (next to Winsted Lake).
From 4 to 9 p.m. will be children’s face painting and a fun bounce, as well as the Bratbusters food and beverage court.
A children’s treasure hunt will take place at 6 p.m.
A free canoe race will start at 7 p.m., but all participants must be registered by 6 p.m. at the latest. Judging of the “best dressed canoe/canoeists” will be at 6:50 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each division (men, women, co-ed, and youth). To register, call (320) 485-3263 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Shaw’s The Scouser Band will perform from 6 to 10 p.m.
Hainlin Park (under the water tower) is the site of all the Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 festivities, unless noted otherwise.
Food and drinks will be available from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
At 10 a.m., a fun run/walk will start at Mill Reserve Park, and a bean bag tournament will take place at the Blue Note parking lot.
A beard judging contest will take place at the Blue Note at noon.
A kiddie parade starts at 1 p.m., and a magic show with Matt Dunn starts at 1:30 p.m. More children's activities include a pedal pull, games, face painting, fun bounce, and mini train rides, starting at 3 p.m. The dunk tank schedule is from 2:30 to 8 p.m.
Open mic and music are scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m., and horseshoes will be played at 4 p.m.
The American Legion will have a pork chop dinner at 4:30 p.m., and a polka mass will start at 5:15 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
From 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., music will be provided at Hainlin Park by Jonah and the Whales.
Fireworks will take place next to the water tower at dusk. The best viewing area is in Hainlin Park, on the south side of the water tower. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled to Sunday night.
Typically, the fireworks show is near the lake, but organizers decided to do something different for the 125th anniversary.
“We thought we’d try it,” Maus said, explaining that it might draw more people to Hainlin Park, where other events are taking place.
The final day of Winsted Summer Festival will start with a pancake breakfast at the fire hall from 7 to 11:30 a.m.
From there, visitors are welcome to attend a 10 a.m. outdoor community service at Sat. John’s Lutheran Church, featuring the MN Teen Challenge Choir. A lunch will be provided after the service.
More food and drinks will be offered throughout the day at Hainlin Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The grand parade will start at 1 p.m., with unit check-in between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the south end of town.
A car show will begin at Hainlin Park at 2 p.m., along with a variety of children’s games.
The Highliners will perform from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The royalty coronation will start at 4:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to Holy Trinity High School.
This year’s candidates include Leigha Felder, Kimberly Condon, Amanda Ebert, Amber Menden, Morgan Entinger, and Claire Guggemos.