Hello Stiftungsfest Friends,

The Norwood Young America Fire Dept and 2022 Stiftungsfest Committee would like to invite you to the 161st Stiftungsfest celebration held August 25-28, 2022, at Willkommen Memorial Park in NYA. This year’s celebration will begin Thursday, August 25th, with a free “Family Night.” Local churches sponsor this night with great music all night, including local star Jenn Bostic, kids pedal pull, hula hoop competition, root beer holding competition, Ninja Anywhere, great food, and much more.

New at Stiftungsfest for the kids this year include “Annandale Paintball” in the St John’s School playground both Saturday and Sunday, plus large inflatable rides for all ages on Main Street Sunday from Noon until 6 pm.

Stiftungsfest is pleased to have our friends from Diedesfeld, Germany, returning to the celebration this year! The Diedesfeld Band has been to Stiftungsfest many times. They will be performing Friday evening and Sunday under the Big Musik Tent, plus and Saturday in the Bier Garten. A big Stiftungsfest “Thank-you” to the host family’s that will be hosting the 23-member Band during their stay in Norwood Young America!

Friday evening will start the activities in the park with the huge men and woman’s softball tournament, opening ceremony, famous Stiftungsfest burgers and brats, firefighter challenge, and great music with the Diedesfeld German Band starting the music off at 5 pm, followed by the “Shaw Brothers Band” and hometown performer Sara Hilgers with her band “Ragtown” featured under the Big Musik Tent.

Saturday starts off with many events, including a Craft Sale and Car & Bike Show on Main Street. Multiple tournaments for all ages include Sheephead, Cribbage, Kickball, Bean Bags, and a 3-on-3 tournament. The Squeezebox Band featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange will return to Stiftungsfest and perform on Saturday and Sunday. More entertainment includes Gary’s Ridgeland Band and Mitchell Hall and the Tennessee Trio playing their Jonny Cash music. Saturday evening’s always favorite headliner is Carver County’s own “Johnny Holms” playing under the big tent.

Sunday is another full day of events at Stiftungsfest, starting with a church service under the Big Musik Tent at 9 am by Ascension Catholic Church. The annual 5 K Fun Run is held Sunday morning at NYA Legion Park. The German Band will perform from 11 to noon, followed by the Stiftungsfest Ambassador Coronation. After the crowing, Squeezebox Band featuring “Mollie B and Ted Lange” and Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen Band will play all afternoon. The Beir Garten stage has great music all weekend, including Open Highway, Joey Stephens Band, Alpensterne, The Bingo’s, and the Country Fried Grubers.

Admission will be  in effect from Friday- Sunday. You can view the cost here. Stiftungsfest is Norwood Young America’s Fire Dept’s annual fundraiser. Monies earned have gone to help pay for Firetrucks and needed equipment in recent years.

Stiftungsfest is more than a German celebration – it’s fun for the whole family! Stiftungsfest has entertainment for all ages with continuous music all weekend at Willkommen Memorial Park – Old-time music during the days and more modern music in the evenings. Check our schedule page for admission, times, and locations.

Stiftungsfest is also about the food! Famous Stiftungsfest burgers and brats will be served Friday -Sunday, along with many other options, including new food truck treats. So join us for the Stiftungsfest Opening Ceremony on Friday at 6:30 pm, meet the Stiftungsfest Candidates, learn a little German, and celebrate the tapping of the first keg to kick off the fun!

Sincerely Yours,

Paul Lano

Stiftungsfest President