MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A week from Thursday, Minnesotans will get together in the form of the Minnesota State Fair.

If you are heading out, you should know it’s going to cost a little bit more this year.

State Fair spokeswoman Brianna Schulte says compared to past years, they’ve invested more in transportation and new exhibits.

“We’re always trying to make the State Fair better than it was the year before, and we haven’t had an admission-price increase in four years,” Schulte said.

She says they’ve made some investments, like the new market, the State Fair history spread and the bus drop-off area – which they hope will alleviate main-road traffic.

“We have all sorts of new exhibits and attractions and we don’t want to have the ‘Mediocre Minnesota Get-Together,'” she said. “We still want to be the ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together.'”

Schulte says there’s a way to dodge the highest prices, which are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and kids.

“Get those [presale] tickets, buy a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book,” she said. “You can save a ton of money.”

Pre-sale tickets are for sale through next Wednesday at the fair’s ticket office and at participating Cub Foods stores.

You can buy the coupon book before or at the fair, and at select Cub Foods locations, for $4 – $5.

There are 150 coupons to use inside the fair, for everything from corn dogs to rides to toe rings.

And there are discount days for seniors, kids and people with library cards, just to name a few.

Click here for more information.

And click here to see a list of new foods!


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