The 2014 Steele County Free Fair will kick off on Tuesday August 12th at 4:30pm with a flag ceremony sponsored and arranged by the VFW and its auxiliary.

The event will start with a march-in from the north end of the fairgrounds on Elm Street and proceed to Fair Square Park where Keith Stark will sing the National Anthem. Several other patriotic songs will also be performed by the Knights of Columbus Chorus during the flag raising.

The Owatonna Exchange Club will distribute flags throughout the audience.

The honorees for the Opening Ceremony will be Desert Storm / Gulf War veterans. Mick Ditlevson, the "Voice of Democracy" winner, will recite his essay.

Also during the program memorials that have been received during the past year will be recognized.

Even though the Steele County Fair officially opens at the end of the ceremony, concessions will be open starting at 11:00am on Tuesday August 12. Pre-fair entertainment will start at 10:30am on the Fair Square Stage that morning.