The Steele County Free Fair is just a little over a week away. Many of the old standbys such as pig racing, the lumberjack show, the Human Cannonball and other attractions will once again be a part of the fair. There have been several additions made to this year's event.

Among the new attractions this year is the addition of a new stage area, which will be on the east side of the 4-H building. There will be daily performances by students enrolled in the summer program at Camp Pillsbury. The Thank a Farmer Magic Show will be presented several times daily on this stage as well.

There will be two worship services this year at the fair on Sunday, Aug. 23. A "Worship in the Village" has been added, which will be a traditional-style service with old-fashioned hymns. Pastor Brent Carlson of Christ Community Church will deliver the message. It will start at 9:30AM. The second service will be a contemporary service at 11AM in Fair Square Park. Pastor Todd Buechner of Trinity Lutheran Church will deliver the message.

Just north of the race track near the petting zoo will be the "Krazy Maze." There will also be a viewing deck so parents can watch their little ones try to find their way out.

Among the new entertainers will be the Klondike Kates. This group of ladies is composed of former St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty.

Fair dates are Aug. 18-23. While you're at the fair, take note of the Four Seasons. Have you ever noticed that the south entrance sign says "4 Seasons CentRE" and the east entrance sign says "4 Seasons CentER"? Center and Centre are spelled differently.

Have fun at the fair.