Something old. Something new. Something deep-fried. It's 50 days until the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna as of June 27. The fair runs from August 16 through the 21. Printed materials including the premium book and handy, pocket schedule have been distributed around the county.

It is time to look through the schedule and start to make plans. These 15 things to do only scratch the surface. Listen for fair manager Scott Kozelka on Fair Talk Thursday mornings at 9:40 am on AM 1390 KRFO/94.7 FM each week leading up the fair for more highlights.

ALL-STAR STUNT DOGS

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The All-Star Stunt Dog Show has become a fan favorite in the few years it has been part of the Steele County Fair. The dogs perform a series of high jumps, paw stands, and much more. The pooches are all rescue animals.

JURASSIC KINGDOM

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The debut year for Jurassic Kingdom at the fair was a smashing success. In this case, it is life-like creatures that thrill audiences of all ages.

4H PROJECTS

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4H is the backbone of county fairs. Between all the animal showings and static projects, there are plenty of talented students in the county. Visit the 4H displays.

MADDIE AND TAE

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The first of three big musical events in the grandstand features country singers Maddie and Tae. Get your tickets in advance to be ready for the show. They will perform Wednesday. August 17 at 8 pm.

AUTO MUSEUM

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The Auto Museum just north of the Four Seasons Centre will feature convertibles from 1978 and older.

MOOGICIAN

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Banjo playing and tricks with dairy products make for a fun show for all ages. You'll find his performances at the KRFO Townsquare.

HAIRBALL

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A fan favorite, Hairball takes to the grandstand stage Thursday, August 18 at 8 pm. Get your tickets here.

OTTER ADVENTURE

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Kozelka says it is important to add new shows to the fair lineup on a regular basis.

MUCKLE FAIR MUSEUM

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Learn some history of the Steele County Fair and grab a quick cool down in the air-conditioning.

DEMO DERBY

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Watch some folks smash up their cars on purpose on Sunday, August 21. The derby will start at 2 pm.

PETTING ZOO

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Feed and pet some cool animals.

JOE NICHOLS

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Country music hit-maker Joe Nichols performs Friday, August 19 at 8 pm at the grandstand. Get your tickets here.

HOT GLASS ACADEMY

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A new feature in 2022 is Hot Glass Academy, a glass-blowing demonstration that offers education in the longtime art. A number of items will be created right in front of your eyes. Watch glass blowing on their Facebook page.

RIDE THE RIDES

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Mega Ride ticket sales begin July 15 to ride all the rides you can handle all week. Daily specials are also offered at the Steele County Fair.

EAT

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Over 100 food choices are available. A couple of new items are always featured.

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