Winsted Summer Festival
Winsted royalty wore creative costumes for the 2014 Winsted Summer Festival canoe race.

Winsted Summer Festival!

Each year, people in Winsted and surrounding communities look forward to the second weekend in August, because that’s when it’s time for the Winsted Summer Festival.

The 2014 event included a canoe race, fireworks, live music, a 5k run, two parades, a beanbag tournament, a horseshoe throwing competition, and much more.

The 26th annual Bratbusters took place the first evening of the festival. That evening, several people also raced canoes and kayaks for the opportunity to win Winsted Bucks (certificates that can be used like cash at Winsted businesses.)

Each year, Winsted royalty are crowned the last day of the celebration. The 2014-15 Winsted Ambassadors are Allison Condon, Kassandra Scherping, and Taylor Lachermeier. Lachermeier won an award for selling the most summer festival buttons (213 of them), and she also received the “most photogenic” award from Duran’s Photography. Scherping was chosen for the Miss Congeniality award.

During the coronation, 2014 Minneapolis Aquatennial honorary commodore awards were presented to retired police chief Mike Henrich, and the Winsted Fire Department.

Overall winners of the 5k run were: male division – Connor Schank (17:45); female division – Katie Thompson (22.39).

The winning team of the kickball tournament was the Basketballers, beating the Misfit Toys 8-2.

For the kiddie parade, Hunter Bush, Breann Mickolichek, and Brinley Bush won the kiddie parade’s princess category, and first-place overall. Six categories were represented, including princesses, wagons and wheels, storybook, clowns, athletes/sports, and miscellaneous.

Other family-oriented attractions included a magic show, lip sync contest, dunk tank, pedal pull, Civil War history display, mini train rides, ice cream treats from Cold Stone Creamery, and more.

The Winsted Summer Festival committee is looking forward to another successful event in 2015.

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