Ahoy, Winsted Summer Festival!

Where’s the coolest place to be the second weekend of August? At the Winsted Summer Festival, of course.

The 2013 event included fireworks, live music, a 5k run, two parades, a Lego contest, sand volleyball and beanbag toss tournaments, a canoe race, and much more.

The 25th annual Bratbusters took place the first evening of the festival.

Each year, Winsted royalty are crowned the last day of the celebration. The 2013-14 Winsted Ambassadors are Felicia Votava, Stephanie Kellner, and Mattea Karels. During the coronation, the 2013 Minneapolis Aquatennial honorary commodore award was presented to Winsted’s Jim Condon for his volunteer service.

Everyone who purchases a Winsted Summer Festival button is entered into a prize drawing. In 2013, winners were: first – Irene Fasching; second – The Winsted Public Library; and third – Ray Getz.

Overall winners of the 5k run were: male division – Connor Schank (16.56); female division – Marisa Fiecke (20:20). The 5k T-shirt design winner was Ashley Nystrom.

First place Lego contest winners included Saraven Christensen (6 and under); Mitchel Mallak (ages 7-9); and Eli Rehmann (ages 10-12).

The kiddie parade had a $30 drawing that went to Brook Bauman, as well as winners in six categories, including princesses, wagons and wheels, storybook, clowns, athletes/sports, and miscellaneous.

Canoe race winners were: men – Brandon Dahl and Brent Forcier; women – 2012-13 Winsted Ambassadors; youth – Tom, Enoch, Ezra, and Elise Starkjohn; and co-ed – Scott and Starrla Cray.

The Winsted Summer Festival committee is looking forward to another successful event in 2014.

Anyone who would like more information about the upcoming celebration, or is interested in being on the committee, can contact Dale Maus at (320) 485-3825 or e-mail him at