May 16 may not quite count as summer, but when the St. Paul Saints come to Owatonna to play the Aces and Southern Minny All-Stars, it is a "boys of summer" day at Dartts Park.

A few of the many ways to celebrate summer in Owatonna include baseball, BBQ, marching bands, history and the most popular county fair in the state.

Saturday's Saints exhibition game is part of "Be a Tourist in Owatonna Day," sponsored by the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Tickets are available at the Owatonna Parks and Recreation office. All proceeds will support youth baseball park improvements.



Find out more about the Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival.

The Smokin in Steele BBQ and blues festival benefits the Owatonna Area Special Olympics on May 29 and 30, held at the Steele County Fairgrounds.

The Steele County Historical Society hosts its annual Historical Extravaganza on July 12.

The traditional end of summer event in Owatonna is the Steele County Fair. It runs Aug. 18-23 this year.

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