It's the week you've been waiting for -- the week when corn dogs, rides, entertainment and more come to your own backyard. It's time for the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna. Here's your insider guide to this week's extravaganza.

From Maddie & Tae and Joe Nichols in the grandstand, to the rides, foods, drinks, animals, and live music -- to the dinosaurs, otters, 4H exhibits, vendors, and more; there is truly something for everyone this year.

2022 Steele County Free Fair Midway Hours

  • TUE 8/16:  5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • WED 8/17:  Noon to 11:00 pm
  • THU 8/18:  Noon to 11:00 pm
  • FRI 8/19:  Noon to 11:00 pm
  • SAT 8/20: Noon to 11:00 pm
  • SUN 8/21:  Noon to 9:00 pm
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2022 Steele Country Free Fair Grandstand Schedule

  • TUE 8/16:  Classic Antique Tractor Pull (6:00 pm) Free event!
  • WED 8/17:  Maddie & Tae (8:00 pm) Tickets
  • THU 8/18:  Hairball (8:00 pm) Tickets
  • FRI 8/19:  Joe Nichols (8:00 pm) Tickets
  • SAT 8/20:  Barrels 'N Bulls (7:30 pm) Tickets
  • SUN 8/21:  Demolition Derby (2:00 pm) Tickets

2022 Steele County Free Fair Entertainment

Ok, so there's crazy rides, fun games, fair food, and people watching -- but what else do I need to make sure I don't miss? (Like rides, fried cheese curds, and corn dogs aren't enough.)

  • Live music (and lots of it)
  • The Great Outdoors Center
  • Livestock
  • Shows
  • Vendors
  • ...and a whole lot more.

We'll be live from the 2022 Steele County Free Fair Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm next to the Elmer Reseland Stage. Stop by and learn more about the 'Charity Bean Bag Challenge,' and how you can help earn your favorite charity a $500 donation.

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It's one of the best weeks in Rochester, Minnesota - the Olmsted County Fair! This year, it is kicking off on Monday, July 25th, 2022 and it is jam-packed full of fun. Before you load the kids up in the car, check out the top 10 things that people in Rochester voted as their favorite at the fair. The full list of fun for the week can be found at the Olmsted County Fair website here.

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