Smokin in Steele BBQ contest and Blues Festival is May 30-June 1 in Owatonna. The Smokin' in Steele / Gopher Sport 5K to benefit Owatonna Special Olympics is Saturday.

The annual Smokin' in Steele, presented by the Owatonna Knights of Columbus, is May 30-June 1 at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna with proceeds benefiting Owatonna Area Special Olympics.


  • Backyard amateur BBQ competition, 7:00am
  • Registration for the 5K walk/run, 7:00am
  • Start of the 5K, 8:30am
  • Mark Cameron Band, in Fair Square Park (free), 11:30
  • Blues 4 Kids Harmonica lessons, Park Square (free) 1:30
  • Awards Ceremony, 4:00
  • Garden Tractor pull in front of grandstand (free) 4:30
  • Rickey Godfrey, Beer Garden, 7:30 *
  • Smokin' in Steele Band, Beer Garden, 9:30 *
* events in the Beer Garden, 2-day advance ticket $10....$8 per day at the door
  • Pancake Breakfast in the Beer Garden 8:00am
For more details on the 5K run check out the facebook page.

View the Smokin' in Steele event poster.

Click here for the schedule for Smokin' in Steele.