Mega Ride tickets for the Steele County Free Fair go on sale Sunday, July 15 at the Owatonna Hy-Vee. Tickets need to be purchased by 5PM on August 14. $55 allows you  to ride till your hearts content all fair week long. Dates for the fair are August 14-19.

Fair Board President Dan Deml was our Fair Talk guest this week on AM 1390 and provided a brick and mortar update. New bathrooms are being installed in the beer garden and the concrete pouring is expected to take place in the next few days. While workers were digging around up in the ceiling, they uncovered a surprise. Deml explains

Upgrades to the FFA building have also been done in preparation for this summers fair. New tin on the sides and roof have been put on.

This year will mark 100 years of the Steele County Fair being held at the same location as today. The three oldest buildings which went up around the same time almost a century ago include the poultry barn, the auto museum and the flower display building.

Did you realize Owatonna hired a policewoman almost a hundred years ago? Read more here.