We love fairs whether they're county fairs, community fairs, art fairs or other community gatherings. To date we have visited upwards of 30-35 Minnesota county fairs, and dozens of other fairs.
We're going to use this space to give you our take on some of these fairs. There are some that are so awesome you won't want to miss them. Know that these "reviews", what are really just our impressions, are personal opinions of ours.
STEELE COUNTY FAIR - OWATONNA, MN
The Steele County Free Fair is the granddaddy of all county fairs. Held in mid-August ever year it is the size of two or three typical county fairs.
It has several animal barns including a massive horse barn and a large goat selection (nod to my wife the Goat Whisperer). It has a huge camper selection, which is very unusual for county fairs.
The food selection is larger than anything we've seen in all the fairs we've attended. What's also unusual is the number of businesses that come to hawk their wares. They fill, to the brim, two full hockey arena buildings.
An interesting feature is their "Village of Yesteryear" featuring 25 buildings from the early days of the fair. Just outside this area is a collection of antique tractors.
If you're going to attend just one county fair each summer, the Steele County fair is the one to go to.