State Fair improvements approved, entry fee will remain the same

Nearly $7 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the Minnesota State Fairgrounds were approved by the fair’s board of managers during the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society – governing body of the fair. The meeting was held Jan. 12-15.

Improvements and maintenance projects approved for 2012 include construction of the new AgStar Arena in the livestock complex; updates to the Education Building; adding lighting and other improvements to the Grandstand ramp; significant infrastructure work to the fairgrounds’ electric plant and other utilities systems; and hundreds of painting, maintenance and landscape jobs throughout the 320-acre State Fairgrounds.

All projects are funded through State Fair operating income and grants from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. The fair is financially self-supporting and receives no government aid of any kind.

The admission prices for the 2012 Great Minnesota Get-Together will remain the same as last year. Adults (13-64) will be admitted for $12; seniors (65 and over) and kids (5-12) for $10; and children (under 5) for free.

Pre-fair discount admission tickets will remain $9. Parking fees will also stay the same at $12 per vehicle.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit www.mnstatefair.org for more information.

The 2012 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 23 – Labor Day, Sept. 3.

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