By Marielle Mohs

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s another lovely day outside, and evidently throngs of people are regarding it as the perfect day to hit up the Minnesota State Fair.

For the second consecutive day, the fairgrounds’ parking lots as well as the park-and-ride lots were both full within hours of the State Fair opening. They had filled up by 10:30 a.m.

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Most people know the drill, and they’re finding other options. The St. Paul neighborhood streets are one of them. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs found several alleyways along Snelling Avenue where homeowners have cleaned out their garages and they’re offering paid parking.

This option is secure because neighbors say they stay on guard until the last car leaves, and people come and go in waves so there is usually availability throughout the day.

“When people come down, they might leave like 2 to 3 (p.m.) or whatever, so then we hope for a turnover right around 5, 5:30, we start getting Grandstand rush,” Joann Young said. “We’re close, we’re extremely friendly and fun, we make parking fun for our people, and we get repeat customers year after year after year.”

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Click here for information on State Fair park-and-ride lots.

Marielle Mohs