The smell of meat grilling permeates the air, there's the sound of blues music, and it's the last weekend in May. If you live, or work, near the Steele County Fairgrounds, you know it's time for the annual Smokin' in Steele BBQ and Blues Festival. Presented by the Owatonna Knights of Columbus, and sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, it's a weekend where amateur and pro grill masters showcase their best ways to grill or smoke their meats.

According to the Smokin' in Steele website:

Smokin' in Steele is a state championship barbeque contest as proclaimed by Governor Dayton.

The contest will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, MN on May 31st through June 1st, 2019.

It is part of the 16th annual fund-raising event where we have raised thousands of dollars for very deserving groups.
Our main beneficiary this year is the Special Olympics.

This past weekend, the Owatonna KC's presented their donation of $8,000 to the Owatonna Area Special Olympics delegation, at one of the Poly Hockey practices. Previous years they presented the donation to representatives of Owatonna Area Special Olympics at the Polar Plunge, however, since the Polar Plunge is no longer in Owatonna, arrangements were made for a different time.

This is not the first year that such a generous donation was made to Owatonna Area Special Olympics, and they are very appreciative to all who donate to that worthy cause. The monies that are donated are used to purchase sporting equipment, uniforms, pay for area and State competitions, and most importantly, keep those activities free for all of the participants.

You can follow Smokin' in Steele on their Facebook page for information about this year's festival, as well as photos and such from years past.

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