Get smiles and high fives everywhere you go during the Steele County Free Fair this August. You will be the most photographed person on the fairgrounds, though no one will recognize you.

Fair manager Scott Kozelka says you can play the role of Steely or Stella, the mascots of the fair, who stroll the grounds throughout the week. Job requirements, according to the Steele County Fair Barker newsletter include, "Must love the fair, not be claustrophobic and enjoy putting smiles on people's faces. Times needed vary throughout the year."

Steely and Stella
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Kozelka adds, "Back in 'the day' Steely and Stella were the same people...We went to a rotation, having four to five to six different groups of people. It could be husbands and wives. It could be two gals. It could be two guys...Just seeing those smiles, those first looks [from] youngsters...You're the big part of a selfie when you're wearing one of those mascot costumes."

Volunteers are needed for other aspects of the fair as well, "Any volunteer helps. So if you're interested in volunteering at the fair. Being a free fair and no admission to get into the fair, our fair runs on volunteers." Call 507-451-5305 or go to the fair's website ( and click contact us. Kozelka also invites you to stop in the office which is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm each day.

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The countdown to the fair dropped below the 100-day recently. Kozelka says that's when preparations take on an added urgency, "The sweaty palms, lots of phone calls, 'Did you remember this? Did you remember that?' We'll make it work. We've got a great team. We've got great directors. Great volunteers."

Listen for Scott Kozelka on AM 1390/94.7FM KRFO's Fair Talk each Thursday morning at 9:40 am beginning June 2.

The Steele County Free Fair is August 16-21, 2022. Celebrate the Red, White & Blue in 2022.

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