The clock starts ticking at 5 pm Tuesday, August 13. That's the official start of the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna. At that point you may begin your annual mental checklist of things to do at the fair.

Mini donuts. Free yard stick. Take the kids on the rides. Help the kids win a giant stuffed iguana. (If that actually exists, let me know. I'd like one.)

Here are some thoughts on a few exhibits and attractions you shouldn't miss at the fair.

The Butterfly Encounter - This attraction debuted in 2018 and was quickly a popular draw. Step inside the netting and interact with butterflies. You can feed them. They will land on you. The Butterfly Encounter is located in the KRFO Town Square.

Chris Kroeze, runner-up from "The Voice" and Wisconsin native, performs Friday, August 16 at 8 pm in front of the grandstand with opening act Natalie Murphy.

Stunt Dogs - We all love adorable dogs. These pooches also perform tricks while flying through the air.

David Smith Jr
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Human Cannonball - No matter how many times you have seen David Smith Jr fly over the midway, this is a must-see happening. No word on whether he will interact with flying stunt dogs during his show this year.

Deal or No Deal - This popular game was reintroduced in 2018 with great crowds flocking to the Elmer Reseland Stage for their chance at cool prizes. This year Deal or No Deal will take place Wednesday, August 14 and Friday, August 16 at 7 pm. Stop by the stage of the KRFO / Kat Kountry booth for registration information.

Steele County Free Fair
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Village of Yesteryear - Located on the east end of the fairgrounds, the village is a great place to sit in the shade, enjoy a treat from the Beaver Lake Pop Stand and take in some free entertainment on the stage. The buildings of the village are open with volunteers on-hand to answer questions about Steele County history.

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4-H projects - One of the core parts of any fair is the 4-H department. Steele County has a strong program. While the roots of 4-H are agricultural-based, it has grown to so much more over the years. The animals barns are filled with examples of the efforts 4-H students put in everyday. Stroll through the 4-H exhibit building at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds for a variety of projects. One of the many fun aspects of KRFO's on-air coverage during the fair is the large number of 4-H students who get to share their experience.

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