Summer Festival

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 2016 event included a canoe race, fireworks, live music, a fun run, two parades, a beanbag tournament, a horseshoe throwing competition, pedal pull, petting zoo, and much more.

The 28th annual Brat Busters took place the first day of the festival. That evening, several people also raced canoes 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 2016-17 Winsted Ambassadors are Hannah Scherping and Emma Stender.

Ambassador candidate Emma Stender was named Miss Congeniality and chosen as “most photogenic.”

Amanda Olson sold the most raffle tickets (246), and Alicia Swartzer was dunked in the dunk tank the most times (139).

During the coronation, the 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial honorary commodore award was presented to Bonnie Quast.

The 2015-16 ambassador chosen to represent Winsted at the 2017 Aquatennial was Mariah Lenz. Winsted’s 2014-15 ambassador, Kassandra Scherping, was selected as an Aquatennial Princess in July 2016.

The 2016 race around Winsted Lake (about 4.2 miles) had 42 participants. Overall winners were: men – Dave Quie, age 53, with a time of 28:20.966; and women – Gwen Helgeson, age 15, with a time of 30:01.723.

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 2017.

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