Gransee Children’s and Civic Festival: Radiant faces and happy children despite the rain – Gransee celebrates unimpressed


State of emergency on Friday evening in Gransee: The heavy rain flooded the foyer of the Dreifelder Halle – the place where the celebration was supposed to end the ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Gransee office and the municipalities and the foundation of the fire department’s brass band 25 years ago.

Office director Frank Stege recalled the foundation and beginnings of the office in the 1990s in front of numerous guests during the ceremony. He reviewed projects and challenges.

Less staff but more work to do

He was pleased that 35 million euros could be raised alone for the renovation of the old town, also to improve public life in Gransee. If you add the privately invested funds, it can be assumed that the actual investment amount far exceeds 35 million euros, noted Stege.



Children on their way to victory: As part of the sporting activities, it was ensured that there were no losers. The best ones also received real certificates and medals.
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The entire road network and all public squares, including media, were renovated with 12.8 million euros in funding, a factor that should not be underestimated when it comes to the appearance of the Old Town.

The head of the office drew attention to the personnel situation: in 2003 the office had 59 employees (52 full-time positions) in the core administration and 64 in the daycare. The situation has completely reversed, today there are 47 (43 full-time positions) to 115 (in day care institutions).


Made sure the celebration was the party everyone hoped for despite the unfavorable omens: Frank Stege and Karin Schröder.

Made sure the celebration was the party everyone hoped for despite the unfavorable omens: Frank Stege and Karin Schröder.
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“Nevertheless, we worked with all our power and with your help to improve and beautify the living environment in the villages and in the city of Gransee,” he stressed. This became immediately understandable the following day at the folk festival.

More than a thousand citizens from Gransee and guests celebrate

Rumors initially circulated on social media: the children’s and citizens’ festival on the youth square in Gransee would fall through, the Roof Garden band had been cancelled, and the party threatened to collapse.


Some of the runners and gymnasts from SV Eintracht Gransee made the sporting competitions possible.  They spared no effort to give the children a pleasant and active day.

Some of the runners and gymnasts from SV Eintracht Gransee made the sporting competitions possible. They spared no effort to give the children a pleasant and active day.
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None of that was true. Karin Schröder, head of department in the office for children and youth work, education and day care and the leader of the celebration, showed unwavering optimism, confirmed von Stege: “We will do it, we will have a good day together,” she predicted. The men and women in the daycare centers and after-schools had prepared everything nicely.


Pure excitement: In the first race, the youngest gathered to find a winner.

Pure excitement: In the first race, the youngest gathered to find a winner.
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Likewise the athletes from SV Eintracht Gransee. The festival began and hundreds of locals populated the spacious square. Even if one or two small rain showers or drops fell from the sky, the fun and games could begin.


Had their hands busy at the weekend: the employees in the office administration.  Those two

Had their hands busy at the weekend: the employees in the office administration. But the two “apprentices” also enjoyed themselves.
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The children were enthusiastic and ran, threw or juggled balls, pushed small wheelbarrows, wound their way through a slalom course. They could be photographed in front of fun photo backdrops.

Big praise to the volunteer fire department

The fire brigade extended the turntable ladder to a height of up to 30 meters for the very brave. The police coded bicycles and the Löwen menu tempted visitors with tasty and healthy snacks.


The depot employees and the fire service had to work around the clock: the office director (second from left) paid tribute to the employees for their commitment.

The depot employees and the fire service had to work around the clock: the office director (second from left) paid tribute to the employees for their commitment.
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Colorful lights, music, tinkling and ringing announced the bustle next door. Artists entertained the hundreds of guests throughout the day, and the staff at Café Miran tempted visitors with coffee and cake. Finally, in the evening, the “world’s best party band” hammered away, Roof Garden.


Made sure there was a good sound: Bernd Guth provided the sound system on one of the stages and reliably pushed the controls when needed.

Made sure there was a good sound: Bernd Guth provided the sound system on one of the stages and reliably pushed the controls when needed.
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Meanwhile, Stege did not fail to say a big thank you to the construction site employees and the volunteer fire brigade. During the night from Friday to Saturday, they had to put on an extra watch – and not only freed the sports field from all the rainwater, it turned out that the basement of the Siemens school was also under water and had to be pumped out.

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