By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Good times are just ahead, with the Winsted Summer Festival set for Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11.
Six Winstock tickets will be given away throughout the weekend two at 8 p.m. Saturday, two at 6 p.m. Sunday, and two at 8 p.m. Sunday. Ask for details at the festival ticket booth.
The 40th annual summer festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 with Bratbusters at Mill Reserve Park, by Winsted Lake. While enjoying brats and beverages, attendees are welcome to listen to free music by Mike Shaw’s The Papa Shaw Band, starting at 6 p.m. Children’s activities include a treasure hunt, face painting, and inflatable bounce house. Friday evening’s finale will be fireworks, shot off at dusk.
A free canoe race will begin promptly at 7 p.m. No pre-registration is required; just show up with a canoe, life vest, and paddles by 6:30 p.m.. Prior to the race, the Winsted Ambassadors will select the person with the best costume.
This year’s theme is “formal wear,” and contestants are encouraged to wear old suits, prom or bridal dresses, ties, and fancy hats the fancier and more vintage, the better.
Prizes (some sponsored by the Road House Coffee Shop in Winsted) will be awarded for best dressed, as well as the fastest canoe racers in each division (men, women, co-ed, and youth/adult).
To learn more, or for those who don’t own a canoe but would like to participate, contact Tom Starkjohn at (320) 485-3263. Anyone with an extra canoe or life jackets they’re willing to share can contact Starkjohn, as well.
Saturday’s events will start at 8 a.m. with a co-ed volleyball tournament and 5k fun run/walk, followed by a half-mile kids fun run. Volleyball teams should register in advance with Dale Maus, at (320) 485-3825.
Run/walk participants can register with Leah Mallak at (320) 485-3262, Robin Fiecke at (320) 485-3526, or Allyson Dressel at (320) 485-3638.
Another competition Saturday is the bean bag tournament at the Blue Note parking lot, starting at 10 a.m. To register, call the Blue Note at (320) 485-9698.
Near the north side of the Blue Note parking lot, a children’s parade will start at 1 p.m. Participants need to be registered by 12:45 p.m. For details, contact Lisa Baumann at (320) 485-7476.
Other children’s activities throughout the afternoon include the Minnesota Zoo Mobile at 1:30 p.m., and a pedal pull, games, mini train rides, and a dunk tank starting at 3 p.m. A Lego raffle drawing will take place at the Winsted Arts Council building at 4 p.m.
Also at 4 p.m. will be a horseshoe competition. Those who’d like to participate can contact Ruben Duran at (612) 310-2045.
Saturday evening concludes with a pork chop dinner at the American Legion starting at 4:30 p.m., a polka Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 5:15 p.m., and free music by Seymour Sighs from 5 to 9 p.m.
The final day of Winsted Summer Festival will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Winsted Fire Hall from 7 to 11:30 a.m.
The grand parade will start at 1 p.m. (register with Dale Maus), and the car show will begin at 2 p.m. (register with Ben Lauzer at (320) 492-2249).
Children’s activities will once again be available throughout the afternoon, along with plenty of food and beverages. Free musical entertainment will be provided by Basement Band.
One highlight of Sunday afternoon is the crowning of the new Winsted Ambassadors, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Mill Reserve Park. In case of inclement weather, the coronation will be moved to the Holy Trinity High School gym.
For those who’d like another chance to win prizes, a frozen T-shirt contest will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
“We have the T-shirts,” Maus said. “They don’t have to bring anything.”
Each T-shirt is soaked in water, flattened, and frozen. Participants are then given the frozen T-shirts, and the first one to put it on wins.
For more information about the 2013 Winsted Summer Festival, go to www.winstedsummerfestival.webs.com.
Who’s in the dunk tank?
Support the Winsted Ambassador program and the Winsted Lake Association by dunking fellow Winstedites Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11. The person who gets dunked the most gets their own golden towel and their name embroidered on the giant golden towel along with past winners.
Saturday, Aug. 10
2:30 p.m. Rose Heimerl (Winsted Fiire Department/American Legion/WHAT UP/Winsted Summer Festival committee
3 p.m. Ambassador Kim Condon
3:30 p.m. Ambassador Amanda Ebert
4 p.m. Ambassador Leigha Felder (2012 golden towel winner)
4:30 p.m. Candidate Felicia Votava
5 p.m. Jennifer Olson, Winsted Elementary principal
5:30 p.m. Candidate Mattea Karels
6 p.m. Jennifer Smith, Holy Trinity English teacher
6:30 p.m. Candidate Stephanie Kellner
7 p.m. Tracy Felder (youth softball coach/Winstock Committee, etc.)
7:30 p.m. Roman Heimerl (Holy Trinity student/WHATUP/ LPHT football player
Sunday, Aug. 11
2:30 p.m. Kelly Sale, Winsted Elementary para-professional
3 p.m. Jim Weninger (“Winnie”), HLWW High School teacher
3:30 p.m. Pastor Starkjohn (Harvest Community Church)
4 p.m. Mark Zimprich, vice president of RiteWay Manufacturing
4:30 p.m. Jason Zimprich and his father, Mark Zimprich
5 p.m. Scott Rehmann, McLeod County Sheriff
5:30 p.m. Mitchell Hartwig, State Wrestling champion
6 p.m. Ana Hartwig (past Winsted Ambassador/Winsted Ambassador committee)
6:30 p.m. Lena Guggemos, past Winsted Ambassador
7 p.m. Katarina Riemer, past Winsted Ambassador