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Favorite Places from Space, Part 2

May 8th, 2008 by · 15 Comments

STEELE COUNTY FREE FAIR
Owatonna, MN

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Merrie MillieFirst of all, it’s free. There’s a great beer garden, rides for the kiddies, dirt-track racing and tractor pulls in the grandstand. Lots of animals of course, with daily pig races. And if the world’s largest steer isn’t enough, there’s also watermelon seed spitting, a women’s nail-driving contest, an animatronic chimpanzee on a bicycle (with training wheels, thank God); an accordion jamboree and a marionette theater. cannonball1And every year, Dave “Cannonball” Smith shoots himself over the Ferris wheel. He’s 63.

So keep your stinkin’ Burning Man. The Free Fair is easier to get to, and nobody expects you to run around naked.

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