How many times do you plan to ride the Zipper at the Steele County Fair? Or maybe the Tilt-O-Whirl is more your speed. And how many grandstand shows will you take in during the fair August 16-21 in Owatonna?

With the Mega Ride ticket you can get a wristband allowing you to ride all the rides you can on the Goldstar Midway all week long. Tickets went on sale Friday, July 15 only at Hy-Vee in Owatonna. The cost is $55 and tickets must be purchased by the opening of the fair on Tuesday, August 16 at 5 pm. Ticket redemption for wristbands begins the afternoon of August 16.

Two national country music acts highlight the grandstand show lineup. Maddie & Tae perform Wednesday, August 17 at 8 pm. Joe Nichols takes the stage Friday, August 19 at 8 pm. Hairball puts on its show Thursday, August 18 at 8 pm. Bulls-N-Barrels are Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 pm. The demolition derby is Sunday, August 21 at 2 pm.

Tickets to all grandstand events are available through the Steele County Free Fair website at scff.org. Ticket prices increase on August 1. There is a free show on Tuesday, August 16 with a classic antique tractor pull.

FREE MUSIC; NO TICKET NEEDED

There are plenty of events that don't require a ticket. A news release from Entertainment/Publicity Director Wayne Steele says, "The Coors Lite Stage, in the Beer Garden at the Steele County Free Fair, will be providing some more great entertainment at this year's fair."

  • Tuesday, August 16 - Arch Allies (sponsored by Ludwig Financial)
  • Wednesday, August 17 - Johnny Holm Band (sponsored by Christian Brothers Cabinets)
  • Thursday, August 18 - Street Talk (sponsored by C4 Cabinets)
  • Friday, August 19 - Travis Thamert (3 pm) and Shag (8:30 pm) (sponsored by Premier Bank)
  • Saturday, August 20 - Led Penny (3 pm) and Mason Dixon Line (8:30 pm) (sponsored by Paffrath Jewelers)
  • Sunday, August 21 - Dan Stursa Band (1 pm) and The White Keys (6:30 pm) (sponsored by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers)

Get the latest Steele County Free Fair news on Fair Talk each Thursday morning at 9:40 am on AM 1390 KRFO/94.7 FM

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