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Linking Our Past with Our Present and Future
From our Committee

August 2018

Dear Stiftungsfest Friends:
                The Norwood Young America Fire Department and 2018 Stiftungsfest Committee would like to invite you to the 157th Annual Stiftungsfest celebration this coming August 24 - 26th at Willkommen Memorial Park in NYA.  We are proud to say that Stiftungsfest is Minnesota’s Oldest Consecutive Celebration.  The celebration has been successful because of all the hard work the committee and firefighters do to put Stiftungsfest on every year.

Stiftungsfest is more than just a town celebration… it is a celebration of our German heritage with entertainment for all ages and continuous music on the park grounds and under the Big Musik Tent all weekend long - Old time music during the day and more modern music in the evening.  The old time music will include the Squeezebox Band featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange,  James Strehlke with his band Alpenstern, Harvey Becker and the Riverside Dutchman, Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman. 

Friday evening starts out with classic country by Kevin Lange & the Mississippi Drifters followed by the featured band Mitch Gordon & the Unleaded Band performing classic and modern country music.
Saturday night in the Big Musik Tent, (for the first time at Stiftungsfest!), a young local Johnny Cash tribute band from Waconia, “Six Outlaws & The Trumpetiers” will perform followed by the ever-popular Johnny Holms Band.  The Bier Garden will bring back the bands Ragtown, The Bingo’s, The Tuxedo Band, Up South and Mr Bigg to play throughout the weekend. 

More events to check out include a huge men’s and women’s softball tournament, kickball tournament, classic car show, firefighter water ball challenge, 5K Fun Run, card tournament (Sheephead and 500!), craft fair, kids pedal pull, Ambassador coronation, church service and a carnival with rides and games.

Stiftungsfest is also about the food!  Famous Stiftungsfest burgers and brats are served all weekend long with many other treats. 
New for 2018 will be a daily 50/50 cash drawing held each evening along with the German challenge game “HammerSchlagen” making an appearance. 

Join us for the Opening Ceremony on Friday at 5pm.  Listen to some concertina, meet the 2018 Ambassador Candidates and enjoy the first barrel of beer on us… free! 


                                                    See you at Stiftungsfest!
                                                    Paul Lano, President