You can find plenty of free things to do at the Steele County FREE Fair. That simply means you have more money to sample the newest food concoction on-a-stick or grab a cool gadget from the Four Seasons Centre. Here are 21 free shows for the upcoming fair August 17-22 in Owatonna. I believe this just scratches the surface of the free entertainment, which includes taking in the great 4-H exhibits and people watching.

Catch 'Fair Talk' with Steele County Fair manager Scott Kozelka Thursdays at 9:40 am on AM 1390 KRFO/94.7 FM

One of the signature free shows in 2021 is the Jason Pritchett country music show at the grandstand on Wednesday, August 18 with opening act Travis Thamert. The show starts at 6:30 pm and will celebrate the area's frontline heroes. A freewill donation will benefit Community Pathways of Steele County and the United Way of Steele County.

The All-Star Stunt Dogs return after an impressive debut in Owatonna in 2019. The Steele County Fair's Barker says the show "was a great family hit with standing room only at all performances...The production will leave fairgoers in awe..."

The Moogician performs on the Reseland Stage in the KRFO Townsquare each day of the fair. The Barker proclaims, "The Moogician combines comedy and illusions with America's favorite dairy products."

Opening night of the fair features a free antique tractor pull at the grandstand. A few other grandstand shows require a ticket, but are well worth the small price. Hairball, Craig Morgan, Bulls-N-Barrels, and the demolition derby will wow the crowds. Go to to order your tickets in advance.

Beer Garden stage

  • Arch Allies, Tuesday, August 17
  • Johnny Holm, Wednesday, August 18
  • IV Play, Thursday, August 19
  • Thunderstruck (an AC/DC cover band) on Friday, August 20
  • Led Penny (3 pm) and Shane Martin (8:30 pm) on Saturday, August 21
  • Dan Stursa (1 pm) and The White Keys (6:30 pm) on Sunday, August 22

United Prairie Bank Stage at Fair Square Park

  • Opening ceremony and the Fabulous Love Handles, Tuesday, August 17
  • Tim Sigler Band, Wednesday, August 18
  • Whitesidewalls, Thursday, August 19
  • Walter's Wheelhouse, Friday, August 20
  • Transit Authority, Saturday, August 21
  • OHS football player and cheerleader rally, Sunday, August 22

Village of Yesteryear Stage

Tuesday, August 17

  • Todd & Roger Uptadel, 6 pm

Wednesday, August 18

  • Tracy Mauer with children's programming, 12 pm
  • Peter Klug, 3 pm
  • Nate & Virginia Page, 6 pm

Thursday, August 19

  • Joe's Concertina Old Time, 12 pm
  • Tri W's, 3 pm
  • Marion's Concertina, 6 pm

Friday, August 20

  • Kiwanis Read-Around-the-World, 12 pm
  • Dunnell Lenort, 3 pm
  • Just Kidding-Sweet Adelines, 6 pm

Saturday, August 21

  • Led Penny, 12 pm
  • Sonrise, 3pm
  • OHS Drum and Bugle Corp, 6 pm

Sunday, August 22

  • church service, 9:30 am
  • Grass Run Band (blue grass) 12:30 pm
  • Lights of Litomysl, 3:30 pm

(Editor's note: This list is well over 21, and could include plenty more.)


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