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musicians make this festival an experience that’s as well-rounded as bellies after a day of loading up on ribs and brisket. Elbert leans on blues buff John Hammer to get a full line-up each year since the festival’s inception. “We’re absolutely thrilled with our supporters,” Hammer said. “This is something we do to give back to the community and it takes the community to lift this up and provide funding for local charities while having a great time.” All proceeds from the music festival go to support Special Olympics, among other charities, Hammer said. “It’s a labor of love giving back to the community,” he added. Smokin’ in Steele will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S Cedar Ave., Owatonna again in summer 2020. www.smokininsteele.com Honorable Mention: Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival in Faribault By Kim Hyatt

Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing BEST LARGE MUSIC VENUE “We are very grateful and honored to have won this award,” said Tribal Council President Shelley Buck. “The sacrifices of those that came before us, and the hard work of the past and current councils, have helped make this possible. It is also because of all the hard work of our team members. Our team members are the ones who interact with our customers on a daily basis and they are the ones that keep the customers coming back!” she added. Treasure Island Resort & Casino, owned and operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community, features some of the biggest names in entertainment. The Island Event Center has a capacity for 3,000 seats, making this an intimate setting to see such performers as; The Blues Brothers, Chicago, Foreigner, and many more. “Our 16,000 seat Treasure Island Amphitheater is the newest addition to the property. The venue has state-of-the-art sound and light-enhancing, with a large stage that has hosted top entertainers such as; Willie Nelson and Journey,” explained Public Relations Manager Amy Ransom. The upscale Tado Steakhouse features the finest seafood, bison and

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BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL The mouthwatering aroma enchants crowds from across the region to come and wait in queue for award-winning BBQ. But the delicious food at Smokin’ in Steele comes with a heaping side of award-winning blues. The soulful tunes give festival-goers something to groove to, which is a nice chance to burn off a few cals while calculating what tasty item to devour next. The festival’s promoter from the very beginning, Joe Elbert, said receiving Best Music Festival in South Minnesota is “excellent,” and a recognition he is very proud of as they approach a dozen smokin’ years of BBQ and blues at the Steele County fairgrounds. Not only are competitors cooking up ridiculously good grub, but

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