OWATONNA — The remnants of the Steele County Fair Board’s 51 weeks of planning littered the fairgrounds Monday morning as semis were loaded with rides, overflowing garbage cans were emptied and the remaining indoor and outdoor vendors packed up their stands after a week of unfavorable weather.

The Owatonna football team has been assembled for over a week, and a lot has happened since last Monday.

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This year will mark my first year at the Steele County Fair and over a few short days I watched a small fair city pop up before my eyes. The fairgrounds went from empty streets with a few passing cars and the occasional strolling family to being filled with animals, vendors, rides and people…