Summer Festival

Left: Winsted’s Summer Festival takes place along the shores of Winsted Lake, in Mill Park, each August. Events are designed to delight and entertain people of all ages. Some popular events by the lake include a fun run/walk around the lake, and numerous activities for kids such as a parade, face-painting, a bounce house, and a treasure hunt in the beach sand. Right: At the 2018 Winsted Summer Festival, Jerome and Hailey Heiser won a prize for their zoo-themed kiddie parade float featuring their orange cat, Garfield.

Information updated February 2019

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 2018 event included fireworks, live music, a car show, a fun run, two parades, volleyball and beanbag tournaments, a horseshoe throwing competition, pedal pull, and much more.

The 30th annual Bratbusters took place on the first day of the festival. This event is an opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors while enjoying food and beverages at Mill Reserve Park by Winsted Lake. Activities for children include a treasure hunt, face painting, fun bounces, bunker ball, and a bungee trampoline.

Saturday morning of the festival always starts with the Winsted Run Around the Lake (about 4.2 miles). In 2018, there were 65 participants. Sixteen-year-old Gracie Mallak won first place with a time of 27 minutes and 8 seconds.

In the horseshoe tournament, Jason and Heather Cieslicki won first place, and Michael Duran and Ruben Duran took second place.

For the children’s pedal pull, top finishers in each class were: Will Barth, Henry Reynolds, Angelina Arandia, Tanner Forcier, and Anna Fiecke. All those who participated received a freeze pop of their choice. Other prizes included gift cards, cash, and bags of mini donuts.

Each year, Winsted royalty are crowned the last day of the celebration. The 2018-19 Winsted Ambassadors are Emma Fury and Katlyn Rose Pokornowski. During the coronation ceremony, LuAnn Ollig and Tom Specken received honorary commodore awards from the visiting Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty.

The grand parade also takes place the final day of the festival. In 2018, the parade was led by grand marshals Dale and Yvonne Maus.

The Winsted Summer Festival committee is looking forward to another successful event in 2019.

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 email him at