Kalyn Naatz of Merry Lane 4-H Club shows her animal at the 4-H Sale of Champions Saturday morning at the fair. In the foreground, Mark Ditlevson of Owatonna offered his auctioneering services to sell the animals to area businesses. There were 117 animals sold, including 38 champions and reserve champions. The sale brought in $80,000, just shy of last year’s record of $81,000. See Rick Bussler’s Hot Pursuit column on page 2A for more details about the auction.
The numbers don’t lie. And, although Fair Manager Jim Gleason said that attendance was down about nine and a half percent, the days with more pleasant weather saw excellent crowds. 
Dan Docken, who calls himself the “Tot Boss” has been selling his tater toss dishes for four years. This was his second year at the Steele County Fair.
The Steele County Free Fair never has any shortage of food options. If guests want turkey legs, deep fried pickles or cheese curds, they’ll find them in abundance.
Foward Brass Band took first place in the Steele County Free Fair’s Battle of the Bands.
Pointing out that they had “more heavy metal than any of the other bands” the Forward Brass Band took first place in the Battle of the Bands competition in front of the grandstand at the Steele County Free Fair.
Fair Board President Dan Deml presented Howard Schoenfeld with the plaque signifying his induction into the Steele County Livestock Hall of Fame.
Heavy rain on the first day of the Steele County Free Fair did not dampen the enthusiasm of those attending the induction of three local farmers into the Steele C
Senior Huskies wide receiver Jake Borchert leaps for a potential touchdown catch that is defended by Mankato West senior Christopher Olsen.
The Owatonna Huskies opened their 2015 football season with a 28-6 loss at Mankato West in a game with plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities by the Huskies. 
Senior wide receivers Anthony Nelson (back) and Mitchell Jones celebrate after a Blossoms touchdown. The Blossoms won the season opener 8-6 on Saturday, Aug. 22 in front of a home crowd.
Two teams with a winning history battled the heat and strong winds in the season opener, and the Awesome Blossoms finally prevailed 8-6.  The game on the Blooming field
Kalyn Naatz of Merry Lane 4-H Club shows her animal at the 4-H Sale of Champions Saturday morning at the fair. In the foreground, Mark Ditlevson of Owatonna offered his auctioneering services to sell the animals to area businesses. There were 117 animals sold, including 38 champions and reserve champions. The sale brought in $80,000, just shy of last year’s record of $81,000. See Rick Bussler’s Hot Pursuit column on page 2A for more details about the auction.
Dan Docken, who calls himself the “Tot Boss” has been selling his tater toss dishes for four years. This was his second year at the Steele County Fair.
Foward Brass Band took first place in the Steele County Free Fair’s Battle of the Bands.
Fair Board President Dan Deml presented Howard Schoenfeld with the plaque signifying his induction into the Steele County Livestock Hall of Fame.
Senior Huskies wide receiver Jake Borchert leaps for a potential touchdown catch that is defended by Mankato West senior Christopher Olsen.
Senior wide receivers Anthony Nelson (back) and Mitchell Jones celebrate after a Blossoms touchdown. The Blossoms won the season opener 8-6 on Saturday, Aug. 22 in front of a home crowd.
Kalyn Naatz of Merry Lane 4-H Club shows her animal at the 4-H Sale of Champions Saturday morning at the fair. In the foreground, Mark Ditlevson of Owatonna offered his auctioneering services to sell the animals to area businesses. There were 117 animals sold, including 38 champions and reserve champions. The sale brought in $80,000, just shy of last year’s record of $81,000. See Rick Bussler’s Hot Pursuit column on page 2A for more details about the auction.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:34pm
The numbers don’t lie. And, although Fair Manager Jim Gleason said that attendance was down about nine and a half percent, the days with more pleasant weather saw excellent crowds.  An estimated 307,403 people attended the 2015 Steele...
Dan Docken, who calls himself the “Tot Boss” has been selling his tater toss dishes for four years. This was his second year at the Steele County Fair.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:29pm
The Steele County Free Fair never has any shortage of food options. If guests want turkey legs, deep fried pickles or cheese curds, they’ll find them in abundance. But, if an individual has a hankering for some good ol’ tater tots, there...
Foward Brass Band took first place in the Steele County Free Fair’s Battle of the Bands.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:26pm
Pointing out that they had “more heavy metal than any of the other bands” the Forward Brass Band took first place in the Battle of the Bands competition in front of the grandstand at the Steele County Free Fair. D-KO, of Rochester; Riptide...
Senior Huskies wide receiver Jake Borchert leaps for a potential touchdown catch that is defended by Mankato West senior Christopher Olsen.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:22pm
The Owatonna Huskies opened their 2015 football season with a 28-6 loss at Mankato West in a game with plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities by the Huskies.  The Mankato West Scarlets sacked Huskies quarterback Alex Emanuelson five...

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