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Linking Our Past With Our Present and Our Future…

Stiftungsfest is more than a German celebration – it’s entertainment for all ages with continuous music all weekend long.

Join us for our 161st Stiftungsfest on August 25 – 28, 2022. Listen to music by Minnesota bands from every genre and a German band from Germany. Located in Norwood Young America MN, with multiple stages of music, food, beer & beverages, free parking, fun activities, and more. A Minnesota celebration you don’t want to miss!

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While it’s common for cities to hold some sort of annual community festival or celebration, only Norwood Young America continues to proudly be Minnesota’s Oldest Celebration. “Stiftungsfest” is an annual celebration that honors our strong German heritage in our community of Norwood Young America the weekend before Labor Day.

Stiftungsfest, which means “Founders Day Celebration” in German, will mark its 161st year in 2022. The four-day celebration traditionally brings in 10,000 or so visitors every year. Throughout the weekend nearly 20 bands perform, is host to one of Minnesota’s largest softball tournaments, a local firefighter challenge, the Stiftungsfest Ambassador Coronation, a Polka church service, 5K fun run, family night for the kids, and more.

Stiftungsfest is more than a German celebration- it’s entertainment for all ages with continuous music all weekend long. Stiftungsfest is also about the food! Our famous Stiftungsfest burgers and brats are served all weekend with many other treats and beverages.

See you at Stifungsfest!

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A Letter From The NYA Fire Department

The Norwood Young America Fire Department is excited to invite you to Stiftungsfest 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that 100% of the Stiftungsfest profits are entrusted to the Norwood Young America Fire Department. These funds are used for two purposes: the purchase of life-saving emergency equipment, and the purchase of protective gear and equipment to help keep our firefighters healthy and safe.

During the last two years, the Stiftungsfest Committee donated nearly $42,000 to the NYA Fire Department. Below you will find a list of how we spent your money and what kind of impact it has had.

  • The NYA Fire Department purchased a medium-sized utility trailer to transport order our technical rescue equipment.
  • The NYA Fire Department partnered with the VFW and American Legion to purchase new, state of the art, auto extrication tools.
  • The NYA Fire Department also partnered with the VFW and American Legion to purchase a new Rescue 11 ( Pictured Here).
  • In an effort to protect our firefighters, the NYA FD invested in highway scene safety equipment.

Saying that Stiftungsfest is a community celebration is very true, but it is also much more than that… Stiftungsfest is your family, helping our family, help your family.

Sincerly Yours,

Steve Zumberge
NYA Fire Chief