Fair Talk with Todd Hale is Thursdays on AM1390 up to the fair. June 30 Myrna Peterson and Les Abraham were his guests.

First a couple of side notes. Hale let us know that a new slogan for the 2017 Steele County Free Fair was picked out of 15 entries and will be revealed on the last day of the fair. This year's slogan is "Grow, Sew, Show It in 2016."

Hale also mentioned that Myron Aldridge, 88, who works the SCFF sound system throughout the entire week of the fair will be celebrating his birthday on the last day of the fair.

Myrna Peterson was first up on Fair Talk. Peterson takes care of all the flowers in the 20 planters, cement culverts and beds all around the fairgrounds and has for about 15 years. She told Hale that she likes the challenge. Peterson has the help of many volunteers, including someone who waters all the plants. Her response to whether or not she has an entry in the fair, she has no time.

After the fair, some of the planters are rented and used at weddings.

Les Abraham with the Wells Fargo Auto Museum announces that trucks through the years will be on display this year, could be from 1924 Model T to a restored 1983 S-10. He has sent out 20 invitations with room for 14. Invites have been sent to Mason City, Iowa, and New Ulm.

Booked so far: '36 Dodge, '49 and '57 Chevy half-ton, '60 Dodge and returning will be an Australian Ute. It is a utility vehicle made in Australia.

Abraham has a challenge. Last year someone mentioned to him that they had a rare 1937 Diamond T. Abraham was not able to get a name or where he was from, but would like to.

The auto museum's co-superintendents include Steve Stansbury and John Simon, who are lining up volunteers during the fair. They would like two to three people at the museum at a time to watch and talk with the some of the 16,000 visitors.

The museum during the SCFF is open Tuesday from 5-10PM then Wednesday to Saturday 11AM to 10PM and on Sunday 11AM to 8PM. Next year, the Wells Fargo Auto Museum will be the very popular cars of the 1960s.

Abraham's recent projects include restoring a 1953 Hardtop, pedal cars for his grandsons and building a vintage 1950-era plywood one-person power vehicle for Little Theatre of Owatonna's Grease production that will run July 7-9 and 14-16.

Steele County Free Fair is August 16-21 in Owatonna.

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