10 Reasons You Should Attend Smokin’ In Steele This Year!
It will be here before we know it. The 'it' is Smokin' in Steele BBQ & Blues Fest. It's the unofficial kick off to summer for music and food enthusiasts with a ton of live music, and mouth-watering BBQ from competitors vying for the chance at a national BBQ championship in Kansas City later in the summer. Here are my top-10 reasons why you should attend this year's Smokin' in Steele at the Steele County Fairgrounds May 31-June 1.
There is plenty of live music throughout the weekend with blues bands slated to play beginning Friday afternoon.
It Benefits The Special OlympicsCheck Presentation at the Polar Plunge
Earlier this year the Smokin' in Steele Planning committee presented the Owatonna Special Olympics with a check for $8,500 on behalf of the Owatonna chapter of the Knights of Columbus, who help the run Smokin' in Steele festival.
Not only is there live music and great BBQ you can sample, more on that next, you can also see a great variety of pretty awesome cars during the 8th annual cruise-in and antique tractor show on Saturday, June 1st
Great BBQ To Try!
Stop on out Saturday, June 1st and take in the sights and smells. Who knows you might even be able to talk a competitor into letting you try a sample. But there are some food stands serving up some great food.
There is some serious money on the line
An impressive $11,000 in payouts will take place to pay out the top-10 overall and the top-10 in each category.
Work up an appetite with the 5K Run/Walk
If you are going to be chowing down on some serious BBQ you might as well burn a few calories in the process. This year marks the 8th annual Smokin' in Steele/Gopher Run 5K Run/Walk to also benefit the Special Olympics.
Kids Q Competition
If you have a young budding chef come out Friday night to have them participate in the Kids Q competition! No registration fee, but you do have to register, get the details here!
A Beer Garden
Of course, you might have to wash down some BBQ with an ice cold beer. They even sell a weekend pass if you plan on attending both days. (please drink responsibly)
Steak Competition Friday Night
There is an optional steak cooking competition Friday night that could net you or a professional a piece of the $2,000 payout purse.
Plan Your Steele County Free Fair Trip
Pre-plan out your trip for August when you to come to the Steele County Free Fair!