By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN The 2018 Winsted Summer Festival is all about remembering the past and celebrating the present.
All three days of the festival (Friday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 12), there will be a 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit south of the water tower. The exhibit travels the US, educating citizens about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It will be open for free public tours from 2 to 8 p.m. each day.
The first day of the festival is Bratbusters, with food and beverages at Mill Reserve Park by Winsted Lake from 4 to 10 p.m. As part of the Bratbusters 30th anniversary celebration, participating local businesses will be having “Crazy Days” sales.
Other attractions at Mill Reserve Park Friday evening include a vendor market, music by Mike Shaw & The Famers, and children’s activities (treasure hunt, face painting, fun bounces, bunkerball, and a bungee trampoline). There will also be huge fireworks show, starting at 9:45 p.m. There is no canoe/kayak race this year.
Saturday’s excitement starts at 8 a.m. with co-ed volleyball at Hainlin Park and a fun run/walk around Winsted Lake. A kids half-mile run will take place at 9 a.m.
Other competitions Saturday include a horseshoe tournament, bean bag tournament (both youth and adult), a children’s pedal pull, and a children’s demo derby.
Kids can also participate in a kiddie parade at noon. Lineup will be behind city hall at 11:45 a.m. There won’t be any specific costume categories this year, but the top five will receive an award. All will receive a participation bag.
After the kiddie parade, there will be a Kids Pioneers program (through the McLeod County Historic Partnership) at Mill Reserve Park from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Kids will have an opportunity to participate in games and crafts while learning about young early settlers in McLeod County.
Saturday evening events include a pork chop dinner at the American Legion, a polka mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and music by the Shaw Band. A drawing for 2019 Winstock Country Music Festival tickets will take place at 10 p.m.
The final day of the festival will start with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at the Winsted Fire Hall.
One highlight of the afternoon will be the grand parade at 1 p.m., led by grand marshals Dale and Yvonne Maus. A car show will start at 2 p.m., and there will also be food, beverages, and children’s activities. More Winstock tickets will be given away at 6 p.m., and music by BINGO’S will be featured from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Winsted royalty coronation will start at 4 p.m. at the Blue Note Ballroom, where current royalty Heidi Otto and Ellen Guggemos will hand off their crowns. Look for photos from the festival in the Friday, Aug. 17 edition of the Herald Journal.
To see a full schedule of events and other details, follow the “Winsted Summer Festival” link at www.herald-journal.com.
See special section in today’s paper for details about Bratbusters’ 30th anniversary and the 9/11 mobile exhibit.
The exhibit will be arriving between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, coming from Highway 7 along McLeod County Road 1.
“We ask all citizens to welcome them to Winsted,” organizer Tom Ollig said. “They will be setting up in the lot directly south of the fire hall.”