Steckelsdorf celebrates a village festival with lots of fun, games, music and a good mood

Steckelsdorf. The people of Steckelsdorf and their guests enthusiastically celebrated their country festival on Saturday. Clubs in the idyllic town of Havelland came up with a few ideas with the local advisory board. Steckelsdorfer may celebrate three anniversaries this year. The village festival began with an organ concert in the church in Steckelsdorf.

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Pastor Katrin Brand has opened a village festival with Mayor Corado Gursch. The village church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. “There will be an event with a festival service and anniversary performance on September 25,” explains parish church council member Hans Blackstein.

Organist Steffen Jahnke from Lusatia opened the village festival with an organ concert in the Steckelsdorf church.

Opening with an organ concert in the Steckelsdorf church

Lusatia Steffen Jahnke took guests from the village church on a summer musical journey to Alsace on the Steckelsdorf church organ. Steffen Jahnke, who lives in Luckau, has family ties to Steckelsdorf and has played the organ in the local church on several occasions.

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Meanwhile, the fire department and the local history association had everything ready for a fun afternoon in the square by the community center. Women from the parent club, including Michaela Kierschnicki, Eileen Schönfeld, Britta Jessing and Bettina Deichsel, sold their baked cakes. The local historical association is very active in the village and participates in all events in the village.

Steckelsdorfer Heimatverein provided guests with coffee and cake.

Steckelsdorfer Heimatverein provided guests with coffee and cake.

Heimatverein Steckelsdorf delivered the coffee and cake

“We have 69 members in our parent association. We are out and about with lots of activities in the village and organize lots of events. Whether it’s setting up a picnic, a monthly story cafe, or hosting a Christmas market. We also actively participate in the competition “Our village has a future” – says Michaela Kierschnicki, president of the local historical association Steckelsdorf.

Matching coffee and cake was played by the brass band of the fire department Rathenow. Despite the high temperatures, many visitors listened to the musicians’ sounds. There was a bouncy castle for children. The star of the afternoon village festival was “Fritz-Eberhard”. The tame New Hampshire dwarf rooster belongs to Roland Ueberschär of Steckelsdorf and has long been well known to both young and old, and is often worn over the shoulder to take pictures with guests.

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The tame rooster on Klaus Reimann's shoulders is interested in the Steckelsdorf cake.

The tame rooster on Klaus Reimann’s shoulders is interested in the Steckelsdorf cake.

Visitors had fun with Hahn “Fritz-Eberhard”

Klaus Reimann is a city councilor in Rathenow. He is a Steckelsdorf event enthusiast. “A village festival in Steckelsdorf is always a great experience. Now I have a cake for myself and my wife. We want to listen to brass musicians. Then I look forward to the “Roll die Else” contest. In the evening we go to the Festwiese to see the stage program – says Klaus Reimann, who supports “Fritz-Eberhard” on his shoulders for the cake. The tamed rooster always stared with one eye at the tempting plate of cakes in Klaus Reimann’s hand.

Rathenower tin musicians played at the village festival of Steckelsdorf.

Rathenower tin musicians played at the village festival of Steckelsdorf.

The guests were also welcomed by comrades and comrades from the volunteer fire brigade of Steckelsdorf. The fire department turns 110 this year. Moreover, the deputy commander of the municipal defense, Rathenow, presented his colleagues from Steckelsdorf with a jubilee trophy and brought the warmest greetings from his comrades from Rathenow. The Böhne fire department came to the festival as a guest in their historic vehicle. Comrades Böhner also took part in the fun competition “Roll the Else”.

Roll die Else competition at high temperatures

The competition was fierce, also taking into account the temperatures. The Else was a fire truck trailer that had to be moved to various stations such as hose cones, team skis, a beer crate track, and hose domes using muscle force. Each team consisted of four participants. But it was only possible to start the game when the participant rolled a six. The team from the fire brigade of Steckelsdorf won. There was a trophy, a certificate, and a barrel of beer.

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17-year-old Julia Jäckel has passed away.  painted a picture for the fire brigade of Steckelsdorf for his 110th birthday.

17-year-old Julia Jäckel has passed away. painted a picture for the fire brigade of Steckelsdorf for his 110th birthday.

A gift for the fire brigade of Steckelsdorf

The Steckelsdorf fire department received a special gift from the 17-year-old. She painted a picture of a phoenix rising from the ashes. The people of Steckelsdorf also called their evening program on the stage of Festwiese Phoenix from the Ashes.

Florian Silbereisen hosted the evening stage program. So not the famous TV presenter himself, but Dirk Konschak as Florian Silbereisen. He welcomed many famous rock and pop stars at the village festival. One of them was Willi Kierschnicki, who performed on stage as Boy George.

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Celebrities and evening fun

The legendary pop group ABBA could not be missing at the village festival. Marco, Mario, Harry and Thomas from Steckelsdorf played the roles of Björn, Benny, Agneta and Anni-Frid to the delight of the visitors.

The Steckelsdorf fire department delighted visitors with the title “Mull of Kintyre” by Paul McCartney and The Wings. Other guests of this double show were Klaus Lage and his team, Rosenstolz, Elton John, Helga Fedderson and Didi Hallervorden and many others.

The mayor of Corado Gursch, who also participated in the firefighting competition, also took an active part in the evening program and took on the role. “We had a good time. I would like to thank once again the local history association, the parish, the fire department, the local advisory board and all the people of Steckelsdorf who have contributed to the success of the village festival,” explained the Mayor of Steckelsdorf.

The city of Steckelsdorf in Havelland will be exciting again next month. On August 26, awards will be held at the state level for the “Our Village Has a Future” campaign. The creative people in Steckelsdorf are looking forward to the result.

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Author: Juergen Ohlwein

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