The Steele County FREE Fair!

This sample itinerary is best in August – as the Fair is held Annually

Day 1

10:00 a.m.

Discover Owatonna and Steele County history at the NEW Steele County History Center.   Check out their latest exhibit Electrifying Minnesota:  imagine what it was like, for the first time to have electricity available at the flick of a switch!

11:30 a.m.

Marvel at the architecture of the National Farmer’s Bank, designed by world-renowned architect Louis Sullivan.  The bank building is famous for its Prairie School architecture.  Relax and enjoy the historic buildings, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants downtown.  For treats of the chocolate sort stop by Costa’s Café & Chocolate Shop featuring delicious hand-made/hand-dipped candies.

2 p.m.

Visit the State School Orphanage Museum to learn the story of Minnesota’s orphans from

1886-1945.  Explore and tour the grounds of the West Hills Campus and stop at Cottage 11.  Highlights include the Root Cellar, Children’s Cemetery, Audio Kiosks, gift shop; and, of course, the opportunity to walk through an original cottage from the orphanage era and learn the story of the boys who lived there.

3:30 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon treat with Blue Bell Ice Cream at Russell Stover’s Candies and pick up gifts for your friends and family!

4 p.m.

Shop until you drop!  Stop at Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitters and pick up everything you need for your outdoor adventures and home décor!  The newly remodeled store includes animal displays, a fresh water aquarium, and fudge shoppe! 

5 p.m.

Visit the Medford Outlet Center to get the latest deals on your summer & fall fashions.  Shop at great stores like GAP, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Nike Clearance Store, Country Goods and many more stores at outlet prices.

6:30 p.m.

Head back to one of their group friendly lodging properties to freshen up for dinner & Extreme Bull Riding at the Steele County Free Fair!

Day 2

8 a.m.

 Enjoy continental breakfast at your hotel before heading for a full day of fun at the Steele County Free Fair!

10 a.m.

Take in the sights and sounds of the animals on exhibit on Leisure Lane at the Steele County Free Fair! 

11:00 a.m.

Enjoy lunch at the Aurora Lutheran Church Food Stand – enjoy a sit down home cooked meal and homemade pies like the church ladies used to make!!

12:00 a.m.

Wander through the SCFF on your own to see the Exotic Petting Zoo, Lumberjack Show, Niagara Cave Mining Company, Puppet Shows, Livestock Hall of Fame, Muckle Fair Museum, Wandering Goosman, and much more!

1:30 p.m.

Experience life in Owatonna at the turn of the 20th Century at the Village of Yesteryear and see the pioneer village and reenactments of times past!  Tours offered daily at 1:30PM – free during the Steele County Free Fair!

3:30 p.m.

Sit down and relax and enjoy the live entertainment on the stage in Fair Square.

4:00 p.m.

Catch the Pig Races and or a Camel Ride before making your way to the Midway for one last show of the day!

5:30 p.m.

Take in a rare sight before heading home; see the Wheel Walker up high walking on the ferris wheel


For more itineraries and activities in Owatonna, contact the Tourism Department 800-423-6466 or go to

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