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19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Dispatches from the Steele County Fair

A circus performer puts on a show for spectators at the Steele County Fair in Owatonna, MN. With their roots tracing back to mid-1800 rural farming communities, county fairs are a uniquely American phenomenon that have both transformed yet held steady over time. Conservatism and youth culture, patriotism and globalization, traditionalism and kitsch spectacle--the cross-currents of all of these elements and more are at play.

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Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: None, United States of America
Camera: X100V
Copyright: © Tim Evans