New sign promotes Steele Fair
During what was a brief meeting of the Steele County Free Fair Board, Manager Scott Kozelka and President Dan Deml gave an overview of several projects currently underway as the summer months begin.
A new sign, located at the corner of Oak Avenue and 18th Street, was also singled out by the two as a fantastic addition to the fairgrounds. The sign was rolled out earlier this month for Smokin’ in Steele and will be used to promote events and fair activities come fair time.
“We got some new things programmed in there,” Kozelka informed the board. “We can program it right now for the fair.” With the new sign, the fair will be able to advertise grandstand events and any other exciting additions during this year’s fair.
The decision to replace two older barns after one was damaged this winter with a single new barn is also going smoothly. “We’re ready to go, and the county’s got the platform ready for the barn,” Kozelka said. The new building will be 114-feet-by-152-feet giving the fair 17,328 square feet to house livestock or off-season storage. It will be designed with the aesthetic of the neighboring show arena in mind.
President Deml noted that they will be able to keep the milk house intact, saving the board money and time on the construction of the new barn. “We’re going to be able to leave the milk house alone, we don’t have to be raising anything or pouring anything,” Deml said. “That turned out way better than we had expected.”
A new fence is also being added, and the racetrack alterations will be ready for fair time, with increased area for vendors. Tiling and electrical projects are being undertaken as well. Some of these projects are conditional on the weather, but all are predicted to be done before the fair gets underway.
During the meeting, the board approved Marc Wiese as evaluations superintendent and Steve and Patty Jessop as info station superintendents. Wiese will be taking over for his late father, Terry, while the Jessops were recommended based on prior experience.
Sponsorship and advertising have also been moving forward on schedule. Entertainment Director Wayne Steele let the board listen to a radio advertisement that will already begin rolling out, featuring some of this year’s music performers.
“On the advertising front, I’ve been doing a lot of work with the radio stations the last couple of weeks,” Steele said. This includes the aforementioned ad for the Chris Hawkey Band and Chris Kroeze from NBC’s “The Voice.” Both artists will be performing at the fair.
With a few summer projects underway and the fair on the horizon, the board is getting prepared for this year’s celebration, which will be held Aug. 13-18 at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna.