by ADAM GRUENEWALD
The 153rd annual Stiftungsfest will be held this weekend, Friday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 24, with activities, music and enjoyment for residents for all ages. This year’s edition brings back several popular events from the past as well as new highlights, including a old-timers baseball game on Friday and a display on gas stations and taverns by the history center.
There will be music for all ages with 20 different bands playing throughout the weekend in the Big Tent, Beer Garden, Pavilion and Heritage Tent. Returning this year is the band Squeezebox with Ted Lange and Molly B. featuring Molly B. from the “Molly B. Polka Show” seen on RFD-TV. Other bands performing include Alpensterne, Dale Dahmen Band, Gary’s Ridgeland Band, and the Jolly Huntsmen, all playing under the Big Tent on Saturday and Sunday.
Per usual, attendees can enjoy all of the attractions of the festivals with a $6 daily pass or a three-day pass for $14. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under and also for seniors ages 80 and over.
The following highlights some of the daily events at this year’s Stiftungsfest.
Friday, Aug. 23
Athletes will have the first opportunity to take part in the celebration when the women’s softball tournament kicks things off at 5:30 p.m.
Shortly after, bingo starts at 6 p.m., the Fire Department will have a kitchen fire demonstration at 6:30 p.m., and the old-timers baseball game between Norwood and Young America will start at 8 p.m.
A “Back to the 80’s” theme highlights the music offerings with Mr. Big performing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. under the Big Tent, Kevin Lange and the Mississippi Drifters from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion, Ragtown at the beer garden from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Arch Allies from 8 p.m. to midnight under the big tent to cap off the evening.
Saturday, Aug. 24
A variety of activities pack the day with the men’s and women’s softball tournament beginning bright and early at 8 a.m. and lasting through 10 p.m. The kickball tournament at St. John’s School starts at 9 a.m. with the championship game at the Grandstand field at 9 p.m. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at St. John’s as well, starting at 9 a.m. The Sheephead card tournament, sponsored by the NYA Lions, starts at 9 a.m. at the Pavilion.
Other morning events include the arts and crafts farmers market on Main Street presented by the West Carver Lions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the mini pedal pull at St. John’s Church, presented by the Young America VFW, which begins at 10 a.m. Bingo starts at 11 a.m.
Children shouldn’t miss the inflatable playground, which will be available from noon to 8 p.m. on Main Street, and the Motorcycle Run, which starts at Willkommen Park at noon.
Alpensterne begins music under the Big Tent at noon and will play until 1:30 p.m., followed by Squeezebox featuring Ted Lange and Mollie B from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Alpensterne performs again from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Dale Dahmen and Polka Beats perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. before Squeezebox featuring Ted Lange and Mollie B returns from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dale Dahmen and Polka Beats performs again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Johnny Holm Band highlights music on Saturday with a performance from 8:30 to midnight. A local Carver County celebrity, Holm advertises he has the most traveled band in America. Playing mostly in the Midwest, The Johnny Holm Band plays in many states across the country, including California. His shows are entertaining for all ages and his shows are dedicated to the fans that do a lot of the entertaining. Holm, his daughter, Jordan, along with the rest of the band plays everything from country to rock to hip-hop.
Music at the beer garden starts with Chuck Thiel and Jason Thiel from 2 to 5 p.m. and The Bingo’s from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Heritage Tent will feature a history display on gas stations and taverns from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Dick Stolz playing Concertina from 11 a.m. to noon, Chuck Theil and Jason Theil from noon to 1 p.m., a Do Jo Karate demonstration from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., Dahmen Brothers from 2 to 3 p.m., Minnesota State Fire Service Memorial Pipe Band from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., His By Grace from 4 to 5 p.m. with Nancy Buckentine concluding happenings with a performance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25
Athletes again begin the action with the men and women softball tournament, which starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K Fun Run and Walk at NYA Legion Park at 8 a.m. The 1/2 mile kids run, also at NYA Legion Park, will start at 8:45 a.m.
On a new day this year, the classic car, truck and car show will be on Main Street with the cruise at noon.
Continuing events later in the day are bingo at 11 a.m., the inflatable playground from noon to 4 p.m. with the women’s softball championship game at 4 p.m. and the men’s softball championship game at 5 p.m.
An church service with Squeezebox featuring Ted Lange and Mollie B by Ascension Catholic Church begins events at the Big Tent from 9 to 10 a.m. Afterwards, the Central High School Band will perform from 11 a.m. to noon with the queen coronation featuring Miss Minnesota from noon to 1 p.m. Also, Squeezebox will perform from 1 to 2 p.m., Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen from 2 to 3 p.m., Jolly Huntsmen from 3 to 4 p.m., before repeat performances from Squeezebox featuring Ted Lange and Mollie B from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Jolly Huntsmen from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
In the Pavilion, the NYA Lions will serve up a delicious pancake breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and a German Dinner will be available from noon to 3 p.m.
Also, the beer garden includes Firespice from 2 to 5 p.m. and Brandon Lind Mr. Big DJ concludes the music from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Activities at the Heritage Tent begin with the gas stations / taverns history display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harbor Hand Bells from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Hilary Sauter and Granddaughters from noon to 12:45 p.m., Bob the Beachcomber from 1 to 2 p.m., Cindy’s Concertina Band from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Lowell Schubert and Nancy Buckentine from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Singing Friends from 5 to 6 p.m.
For more details and a full listing of events, see the Stiftungsfest website at www.stiftungsfest.org.
Contact Adam Gruenewald at [email protected]