Action will be fierce at the grandstand during the Steele County Fair in Owatonna during Aug. 18-23.

The line-up at the grandstand opens with bull riding on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7:30PM. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for preteens and and free for kids 5 and younger. The night also includes mutton bustin' and calf dressing. Those interested in participating need to fill out a waiver form.

A big night of music is on tap for Wednesday, Aug. 19. The night begins with the Battle of the Bands at 5:30PM. Six bands from southern Minnesota compete for a cash prize. The country music band Lost Highway performs at 8PM.

Thursday, Aug. 20, Hairball takes the stage for their energetic show at 7:30PM. Tickets go on sale at 6:30PM. Adults are $20. Preteens are $10.

An NTPA tractor pull roars in front of the grandstand Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:30PM. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for preteens. A pit pass at the back gate is $20.

Saturday, Aug. 22 begins with the antique tractor pull at 8:30AM. An enduro auto race zips around the track at 6PM. Adult tickets are $14. Preteens pay $11. A pit pass is $20.

The last grandstand event is a demolition derby Sunday, Aug. 22, at 4PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for preteens and $20 for a pit pass.

Click here for rules and information for the enduro race and demo derby.


Brave soles will tangle with bulls on the opening night of the Steele County Fair in Owatonna. Getty Images