Minnesota State Fair parking, admission prices rise
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Admission, parking and midway ticket prices at the Minnesota State Fair are increasing this year.
Regular admission at the gate for adults will be $13, up $1 from the previous year. Admission for kids and seniors will be $11, up from $10, according to a State Fair general information breakdown.
Parking in State Fair lots is also increasing from $12 to $13, while midway/kidway tickets are $25 for a sheet of 30. Last year, a sheet of 28 went for $20.
Individual tickets will be $1, up from 2013's price of 75 cents.
Pre-fair admission tickets also will cost a dollar extra. Available through Aug. 20, those will cost $10, up from $9.
The fair runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 1.
The increase comes after many years of keeping fares flat, said Jerry Hammer, general manager of the State Fair.
He pointed out that regular admission prices haven't gone up in four years while advance tickets have stayed the same for seven.
With operating costs continually climbing, the trend had to end eventually, Hammer said.
"The costs go up every year, there is no way around it," Hammer said. "So if we want to keep it the Great Minnesota Get Together and not the Pretty Good Minnesota Get Together, (prices) have to keep up."
He added that it actually costs about $18 in operating expenses per person to cover all of the free services provided during the event, including public safety, free entertainment, buses and sanitation services.
Discount tickets are available at the State Fair box office, participating Cub Foods stores and numerous locations in greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For a complete list of sales outlets, call (651) 288-4400 or go to mnstatefair.org.
The State Fair attracted 1,731,162 people in 2013 despite stretches of incredible high heat and humidity. The figure was down slightly from the 1,788,512 who attended in 2012.
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