The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens in two weeks

The 2012 Great Minnesota Get-Together is just two weeks away. This year’s 12 days of fun feature a variety of discounts, special days and bargain-hunting tools.

Before-the-Fair Savings

Pre-fair discount admission tickets are $9 (a $3 discount off the regular adult admission price and a $1 discount off the regular seniors and kids admission prices) and are valid any day of the fair.

Also prior to the fair, Mighty Midway and Kidway ride & game tickets are $10 for a sheet of 20 (a $5 savings), and Blue Ribbon Bargain coupon books are $4 ($1 off the regular price).

Discounted State Fair admission tickets, Mighty Midway and Kidway ride & game tickets and Blue Ribbon Bargain Books are available through Aug. 22 at the State Fairgrounds Box Office, participating Cub Foods stores and numerous locations in greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin (while supplies last).

Discount tickets and Bargain Books may also be purchased at until 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. A complete list of sales outlets is available at or by calling (651) 288-4400.

During the fair, regular admission is $12 for adults (13-64); $10 for seniors (65 & over); and $10 for kids (5-12). Children (under 5) are always admitted free. Mighty Midway and Kidway tickets purchased at the fair are 75 cents per ticket, $20 per sheet of 28 or $30 per sheet of 44.

Throughout the fair, Blue Ribbon Bargain Books are $5 and available at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts.

Special Deal Days

The State Fair kicks off with savings for families on Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 23. Discounted admission for adults (13-64) is $10 and kids (5-12) is $7.

Monday, Aug. 27 is Seniors & Kids Day. Seniors (65 & over) and kids (5-12) are admitted for just $7.

Military Appreciation Day is Tuesday, Aug. 28 when active military and their families, as well as retired and veteran military and their spouses, are admitted for just $7 when they purchase admission at the gate with documentation of U.S. Military service.

Wednesday, Aug. 29 is Read & Ride Day. Guests presenting valid public library cards when purchasing admission at the gate are admitted for the following discounted prices: adults (13-64) $10; seniors (65 & over) $7; and kids (5-12) $7. (One card is required for each discounted admission.)

Seniors Day is Thursday, Aug. 30. Guests ages 65 and over are admitted for just $7.

Labor Day, Sept. 3 is Kids & Last Chance Day when children ages 5-12 are admitted for only $7.

Many vendors feature special day deals on Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 23; Seniors & Kids Day, Aug. 27; Military Appreciation Day, Aug. 28; Seniors Day, Aug. 30; and Kids & Last Chance Day, Sept. 3.

Participating vendors will display a special deal sign and are listed in the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide available at all information booths (sponsored by CenturyLink) and at

Select vendors also feature closeout prices on Kids & Last Chance Day, Sept. 3. Last Chance Day deals will be listed in a special flyer available on Labor Day at State Fair information booths.

Free Minnesota State Fair App

The free Minnesota State Fair App is the official smartphone user’s guide to finding your way around the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

This special technology created just for Minnesota State Fair fans uses the popular Food Finder, Merch Search and Fun Finder tools to help guests locate their favorites. The app is free and available for download through the iPhone App Store or Android Market.

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