BY STARRLA CRAY
WINSTED, MN Don’t let summer fly by without taking time to listen to live music, watch a parade, play volleyball, admire vintage cars, or join a bean bag toss tournament.
The Winsted Summer Festival offers all these activities and more Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9.
Friday evening’s events will be at Mill Reserve Park (by the lake), starting at 4 p.m. with the Bratbusters food and beverage court, and face painting/bounce house for the kids.
A children’s treasure hunt will start at 6 p.m., followed by a canoe and kayak race at 7 p.m.
Mike Shaw’s The Scouser Band will play from 6 to 10 p.m.
Fireworks will be shot off at dusk. (If the weather is bad, they’ll be rescheduled to Saturday evening at about 11 p.m., after DiamondBack is done playing.)
The show will be twice the size of previous years, and is sponsored by AWI Manufacturing, Millerbernd Manufacturing, and Security Bank & Trust.
This year, most of Saturday’s events are in Hainlin Park (under the water tower).
“We moved the fun run and beanbag tournament to Hainlin, and we revamped our children’s games,” organizer Dale Maus said.
The 5K and 4.5-mile fun run/walk will start at 7:45 a.m., and a half-mile kids run will begin at 9 a.m.
Co-ed volleyball teams will start playing at 8 a.m., and the kickball tournament at Barrett Field will begin at 9:30 a.m.
A tournament for horseshoes will start at 10 a.m., and the bean bag tournament will begin at 11 a.m.
The children’s parade will start at 1 p.m. Lineup/registration is on the north side of the Blue Note parking lot, followed by children’s entertainment the Mary Hall Show for Pipsqueaks.
A vendors market will run from 2 to 6 p.m.
Several activities start at 3 p.m., including a lip sync contest, pedal pull, mini train rides, corn pit fun bounce, face painting, and a dunk tank.
Pork chops will be served at the American Legion at 4:30 p.m., and a polka Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church will take place at 5 p.m.
A drawing for 2016 Winstock tickets will be at 7 p.m.
DiamondBack will play from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The final day of the festival starts with a pancake breakfast at the Winsted Fire Hall from 7 to 11:30 a.m.
The grand parade starts at 1 p.m., and the food and beverage court is open from 2 to 8 p.m.
A car show and children’s activities will also start at 2 p.m.
Billy Bingo will be played at 5 p.m., and drawings for Winstock tickets will be at 7 p.m.
The Basement Band will provide musical entertainment from 3 to 8 p.m.
The Winsted ambassador coronation will be at 4 p.m. at the Holy Trinity High School gym.