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Linking Our Past with Our Present and Future
From our Committee

August 2017
Dear Stiftungsfest Friends,
                The Stiftungsfest Committee and the NYA Firefighters will be hosting the 156th Annual Stiftungsfest Celebration on Aug 25, 26, & 27th at Willkommen Memorial Park, Norwood Young America. 

This year’s celebration will begin on Friday night at 5:30pm with the 1st Opening Ceremony, a “Welcome” to Stiftungsfest from the committee, and the tapping of the 1st Keg of Stiftungsfest Beer, which will be given away free to those in attendance!   Stiftungsfest is all about the music and Friday evening at 6:30pm, the music begins!  The band “Ragtown” will play in the Bier Garten, while at 8:30pm, the hit band “Pop Rocks” will play music from the 80’s to modern rock under the Big Musik Tent.  Local firefighters will have “Waterball Fights" again near St. John’s Church, and the first games of the huge men's and women's softball tournaments, played at Willkommen Memorial Park, Norwood Sports Complex and Friendship Park, will start. The Willkommen Heritage Center will be open from 5-8:00pm Friday night displaying memorabilia from the town’s baseball teams and memories of past Stiftungsfest Celebrations along with rooms full of Norwood Young America’s History. The NEW Carnival - J&K Amusements – will be on Main St & 1st Ave all weekend with many rides, games and more food choices.  Pre-sale tickets are available at both KleinBank and Citizens State Bank in town for $2.50 per ride ($3.50 at the event).

Saturday starts with more softball, and at 9:00am, the “Arts and Craft/ Farmers Market” will be held on the Main Street.  Also at 9:00am, the Sheephead card tournament, and for the 1st time a 500 card tournament, will be held in the air-conditioned Pavilion.  Stiftungsfest’s “Kickball” tournament begins at St. John’s School ball field.  At 10:00am, the Kids Pedal Pull will take place in a NEW location - under the Big Tent!  The Stiftungsfest “Car & Tractor Show” will begin at 12.30pm, with the ever-popular Car Cruise at 3pm.  Music starts under the Big Musik Tent at noon with “Karl Hartwich and the Country Dutchman” - “Squeezebox Band” featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange” and “Julie Lee’s White Rose Band”. In the Bier Garten, the Tuxedo Band will play from 2-5:00pm with The Bingo’s performing from 6-10:00pm.  Don’t miss the main attraction - The Johnny Holm Band – performing under the Big Musik Tent starting at 8:30pm!  The Willkommen Heritage Center will be open from 10:00am – 8:00pm. and will be giving “Free of Charge Bus Tours" showing the Historic sites of Norwood Young America on Saturday.  The Bus Tours will be at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm with pickup and drop off at the Center.  Additional information about these historic sites will be displayed in the Willkommen Heritage Center.
 Sunday starts with the Polka Mass hosted by Ascension Catholic Church with the Squeezebox Band at 9:00am in the Big Musik Tent.  The NYA Lions Breakfast goes from 8-11:00am , followed by a traditional German Meal from 12-3:00pm, both in the Pavilion.  The Stiftungsfest 5K FunRun/Walk starts at the NYA Legion Park at 8:00am sharp!  After the Polka Mass in the Big Musik Tent, the Central High School Band will play from 11:00am to Noon followed with the Stiftungsfest Ambassador Coronation.  The committee is thrilled to announce there are twelve candidates this year for the Ambassador Coronation!  More amazing polka music by “Squeezebox featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange”, “The Jolly Zuks Band” and “Dale Dahmen” will perform under the Big Musik Tent all afternoon. In addition to music on Sunday, a fun NEW German Stein Holding Competition will be held under the Big Musik Tent starting at 2:30pm.  In the Bier Garten, the band “Up South” and a local favorite DJ “Mr. Bigg” will play on stage Sunday afternoon and into the evening.  The Heritage Center will continue to be open Sunday from 12-7pm. 
Lots of softball and great food including the famous Stiftungsfest Hamburgers and Brats

Daily admission to Stiftungsfest is $6.00, with kids 12 & under FREE, ages 13 to 18 only $3.00, and adults 80 & over $3.00.  All the entertainment is free with your admission!

Remember that all proceeds from Stiftungsfest support the NYA Fire Department! 

Please visit Facebook @stiftungsfest.norwoodyoungamerica or our website at www.stiftungsfest.org for more event times and information.

Hope to see you at Stiftungsfest!
Paul Lano, Stiftungsfest Pres.