Winsted Summer Festival
Winners of the 2015 kiddie parade posed with Winsted ambassadors.

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 2015 event included a canoe race, fireworks, live music, a 5k run, two parades, a beanbag tournament, a horseshoe throwing competition, and much more.

The 27th annual Brat Busters took place the first day 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 2015-16 Winsted Ambassadors are Mariah Lenz and Alicia Swartzer. Ambasssador candidate Emily Roufs was named Miss Congeniality and chosen as “most photogenic.”

Swartzer sold the most festival buttons (225) and was dunked in the dunk tank the most times (118).

During the coronation, the 2015 Minneapolis Aquatennial honorary commodore award was presented to Lisa Baumann.

Winsted Summer Festival button winners were Joann Scherping (first place), Steve Laxen (second place), and Pam Hoese (third place).

The 2015 5k race had 56 participants. Overall winners were: male division – Austin Wandersee of Mayer (20:41.3); female division – Ashley Roemer of Annandale (22:04.9).

The winner of the 4.5-mile run was Joel Ebert of Waverly, with a time of 38:02.4.

The 2015 Winsted co-ed kickball tournament of champions winner was the K-Way Kickers.

For the kiddie parade, six categories were represented, including princesses, wagons and wheels, storybook, clowns, athletes/sports, and miscellaneous.

The Winsted Summer Festival committee is looking forward to another successful event in 2016.

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