State Fair Admission Up; Pre-Fair Tix Unchanged

The Great Minnesota Get-Together has raised at-the-gate prices by $1 for adults and $8 for children.

Planning to head to “the Great Minnesota Get-Together” this year? Better bring some extra cash.

The State Fair has raised adult, at-the-gate admission from $11 to $12 and children's admission from $2 to $10.

The admission price increases are the first in four years, according to the Pioneer Press. The Fair said that the increases will cover capital improvements and maintenance on the fairgrounds.

“It's arguable that it's still the best deal in town as far as what the Fair offers,” Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette told the St. Paul newspaper.

Also, buying tickets in advance will still save fairgoers a few bucks: Pre-Fair tickets cost $9-the same as last year. They can be purchased at participating Cub Foods locations, the State Fair box office, and other select locations in Greater Minnesota.

Schuette added that the at-the-gate increases will be somewhat offset by a new discount admission day. On Tuesday, August 30-which is Military Appreciation Day-active, retired or veteran military will be able to get into the Fair for $7 with documentation of their military service.

The Blue Ribbon Coupon Book has also gotten better. The price tag, $4 before the Fair or $5 during, is unchanged from last year-and the books have 25 extra coupons this year for a total of 125.

Other discount admission days that fairgoers have enjoyed in past years-including Thrifty Thursday, Seniors and Kids Day, and Read and Ride Day-are going to continue, but with a $1 price increase for each.

In addition to admission price jumps, on-site parking at the Fair has also been bumped up by $1 to $12.

The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 25 through Labor Day. Light-rail construction on University Avenue will affect traffic flow to the Fair, but there are ways to sidestep it by planning ahead. Click here for more details.

The 2010 State Fair had a total attendance of 1,776,211.