By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Ready, set, search!
The 28th annual Winsted Winter Festival is set for Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, but the flurry of excitement starts now.
A medallion is hidden somewhere in Winsted, and the person who finds it will win $100 in Winsted Bucks.
The design for the medallion is the same one that’s on this year’s festival button. The chosen design was created by Winsted resident Angie Jagodzinski, and depicts penguins on Winsted Lake. The third-place design was drawn by Angie’s daughter, McKenna Jagodzinski. Second place in the medallion contest went to Scott Czanstkowski of Winsted.
Those who purchase a $2 button will have an opportunity to win $100, $75, or $50 in Winsted Bucks. They’re available at Security Bank & Trust, Glenn’s SuperValu, JoEllen’s New Image Salon, Keaveny Drug, The Pantry, the Blue Note, the Winsted Public Library, and from the Winsted royalty.
Another chance to win Winsted Bucks is the residential outdoor lighting contest, which is judged by members of the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce and residents of St. Mary’s Care Center. To participate, turn on your holiday lights by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. First place is $100 in Winsted Bucks, second place is $75, and third place is $50.
Friday, Dec. 2
The official festival kick off is Friday, Dec. 2, with an open house at Security Bank & Trust throughout the day, and beer/wine tasting at Hussong’s Liquor from 4 to 7 p.m.
A silent auction will take place at the library from 2 to 5 p.m., and St. John’s Lutheran Church will have a Christmas concert at 7 p.m.
At Flagship Insurance Services, a “giving tree” will be on display with names of McLeod County children in need, and their Christmas wishes.
Saturday, Dec. 3
The library’s silent auction will continue Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
At the Blue Note Ballroom, Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ruben Duran will be available to take photos.
Other activities at that time include a dessert social, craft/bake sale, hay wagon rides, face painting, a coloring contest, lunch served by the Winsted royalty, and a chance to win a model train or children’s bicycle.
A reception for Aquatennial princess and past Winsted Ambassador Kassandra Scherping will take place from noon to 2 p.m.
In the Blue Note parking lot, a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Rick Menden at (320) 485-4269 or Greg Davidson at (320) 485-2326.
Those who like to cook or eat good chili are encouraged to stop by the Winsted City Hall Vollmer Room from 2 to 4 p.m. for the second-annual chili cook-off. The cost to taste and vote is $2 per person. Competitors can enter their chili for $10. For details, call JoLynn Cafferty at (612) 760-3403.
For supper, a $12 ribs and chicken dinner will be served at the Winsted Legion Club from 4:30 p.m. until gone.
At 5:30 p.m., the Winsted Christmas tree will be lit, and visiting royalty and community members will sing Christmas carols at Mill Reserve Park.
The lighted Christmas parade through downtown Winsted will start at 6:30 p.m. with grand marshal K-Way Express. Area royalty and businesses are encouraged to participate; no pre-registration is required. Lineup will be near the Blue Note.
Look for photos from the festival in the Monday, Dec. 5 edition of the Herald Journal.