Admission to the Minnesota State Fair will remain unchanged for 2016, with gate fees staying at $13 for adults and $11 for ages 5 to 12 and seniors over 65, the fair’s board of managers announced Tuesday.
Pre-sale tickets at $10 are already on sale for the 2016 Great Minnesota Get-Together, which runs Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 5. On-site parking will cost $13 per vehicle, the same as last year, fair officials said.
The board also announced that it will spend $6.8 million on capital improvements and maintenance for 2016.
While no new major attractions are on tap for 2016, fairgoers will notice a number of new amenities. These include a new family stage at Baldwin Park, a new restroom in the Kidway, upgrades to horse stalls in the Horse Barn and a new pedestrian walkway through Adventure Park. The fair also will add two information booths.
Crews will repave the transit center, and conduct painting, electrical, sewer and sidewalk repair projects throughout the 320-acre grounds.
The projects and additions will be paid for using profits from previous fairs and grants from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.
Last year, 1.779 million people attended the fair.