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2017-08-11 / Features

Dozens of bargains, ways to save at the Minnesota State Fair


The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting 1.9 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. Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting 1.9 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. Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair. ST. PAUL – The 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together begins just two weeks from today. This year’s 12 days of fun feature a variety of discounts, special deal days and money-saving tools.

BEFORE-THE-FAIR SAVINGS. Pre-fair discount admission tickets are $11 (a $3 discount off regular adult admission price and a $1 discount off the regular seniors and kids admission prices) and are valid any day of the fair for any age. Also prior to the fair, Mighty Midway and & and game tickets are $15 for a sheet of 25 (a $10 savings).

Discounted State Fair admission tickets, discount Mighty Midway & Kidway ride and game tickets, and Blue Ribbon Bargain Books are available through Aug. 23 at the State Fairgrounds Ticket Office off Como Avenue (Loop Gate #9), Minneapolis Visitor Information, participating Cub stores and numerous locations in greater Minnesota and Hudson, WI, (while supplies last). Discount tickets can also be purchased online at mnstatefair.org. A complete list of sales outlets is available at mnstatefair.org/tickets_ discounts/admission.html or by calling 651-288-4427.


The littlest fair fans travel ‘round and ‘round and up and down aboard the new Clown Around ride at Kidway, sponsored by Dish. Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair. The littlest fair fans travel ‘round and ‘round and up and down aboard the new Clown Around ride at Kidway, sponsored by Dish. Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair. During the fair, regular admission is $14 for adults (13-64); $12 for seniors (65+); and $12 for kids (5-12). Children (under 5) are always admitted free. Mighty Midway & Kidway tickets purchased at the fair are $1 per ticket, $25 per sheet of 30 tickets or $40 per sheet of 54 tickets. 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 on Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 24. Discounted admission is $12 for adults (13-64) and $9 for kids (5-12) when purchased at the gate.

Monday, Aug. 28 is Seniors & Kids Day. Seniors (65+) and kids (5-12) are admitted for $9 when tickets are purchased at the gate.

Military Appreciation Day is Tuesday, Aug. 29, when active military and their families, as well as retired and veteran military and their spouses, are admitted for $9 when they purchase admission at the gate with documentation of U.S. military service.

Wednesday, Aug. 30 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) $12; seniors (65+) $9; and kids (5-12) $9. (One discount per card.)

Seniors Day is Thursday, Aug. 31. Seniors (65+) are admitted at the gate for $9.

Labor Day, Sept. 4, is Kids & Last Chance Day when kids (5-12) are admitted at the gate for $9.

In addition, many vendors feature special day deals for all State Fair guests on Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 24; Seniors & Kids Day, Aug. 28; Military Appreciation Day, Aug. 29; Seniors Day, Aug. 31; and Kids & Last Chance Day, Sept. 4. Participating vendors will display a special day deal sign and are listed in the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide (sponsored by Minnesota Rusco) available at all information booths (sponsored by CenturyLink) and at mnstatefair.org. Select vendors also feature closeout prices on Kids & Last Chance Day, Sept. 4.

MORE FUN FOR LESS AT MIGHTY MIDWAY & KIDWAY. Specials are offered every weekday on rides and games at Mighty Midway & Kidway (sponsored by Dish). Allday specials run Thursday, Aug. 24; Monday, Aug. 28; Wednesday, Aug. 30; and Monday, Sept. 4. Early Bird specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25; Tuesday, Aug. 29; Thursday, Aug. 31; and Friday, Sept. 1.

BLUE RIBBON BARGAIN BOOK. The 2017 Blue Ribbon Bargain Book offers 150 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions throughout the fairgrounds. Coupons are valid all 12 days of the fair, and a preview of the bargains is available at mnstatefair.org/tickets_ discounts/ blue_ ribbon_ bb.html. Bargain Books are $5 and available at the State Fair ticket office, Minneapolis Visitor Information and participating Cub stores and at many locations in great Minnesota and Hudson, WI, before the fair (while supplies last), and during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts on the fairgrounds. Books purchased during the fair support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve fair buildings, grounds and educational programs.

DEALS, DRAWINGS & GIVEAWAYS GUIDE. Available to view and print now at mnstatefair.org or for pick up at any information booth, the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide (sponsored by Minnesota Rusco) details special day deals, items available for $1 or less, freebies and places to sign up and win prizes.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND ATTRACTIONS. This year’s State Fair features many free attractions and exhibits, including:

• Nightly fireworks spectacular (sponsored by Mazda)

• Live music and entertainment all day and night at stages throughout the fairgrounds

• The daily parade at 2 p.m. featuring the High School Marching Band Competition (sponsored by McDonald’s)

• The Giant Sing Along (presented by Bremer Bank)

• Music and fun just for kids at Family Fair (sponsored by Coca-Cola and Go RVing)

• 3rd Lair SkatePark BMX and skateboarding demos at The X-Zone

• Dog agility and police K-9 demonstrations outside the Pet Center (sponsored by Sam’s Club)

• FAN Central (sponsored by Xfinity), which features local sports teams and hometown heroes

• The CHS Miracle of Birth Center, where nearly 200 baby calves, lambs and piglets will be born during the fair’s 12-day run

• The finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer presented in the Creative Activities Building

• Fruit, wine, Christmas tree, crop art, flower, vegetable, potato, bee and honey contests along with the Giant Pumpkin Contest (sponsored by North Suburban Eye Specialists) in the Agriculture Horticulture Building

• The Great Big Sandbox (sponsored by Beech-Nut Baby Food) where kids can dig, scoop, pour and burrow their toes in a sandbox made just for them east of the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park

• Thank a Farmer Magic Show on the Christensen Farms Stage (sponsored by the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation), where children of all ages learn about the role agriculture plays in our daily lives

• The 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess Competition (sponsored by Gold’n Plump), which recognizes young leaders in Minnesota’s poultry industry

• Insight, ideas and products for fair guests planning to update or remodel their homes in the Home Improvement Building (sponsored by LeafFilter)

• The Timberworks Lumberjack and All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash shows at The North Woods (sponsored by Good Health Saunas)

• The Kemps Little Farm Hands agricultural education experience (sponsored by Kemps, Cub, John Deere Company, Cargill and Minnesota Corn Growers Association)

• Karaoke and live music in The Garden (sponsored by Treasure Island Resort & Casino)

• And much, much more—use the Fun Finder at mnstatefair.org or daily schedules available at any information booth for a complete list of activities.

FREE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR APP.. The free Minnesota State Fair App is the official smartphone user’s guide to navigating the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

This special technology created just for Minnesota State Fair fans uses the popular Food Finder, Merch & More Search and Fun Finder tools to help guests locate their favorites. The app is free and is available for download through iTunes or Google Play.

FREE INFORMATION & GUEST SERVICES. The Great Minnesota Get-Together offers many free services and amenities for guest convenience, including:

• Park & Ride service from more than 30 Twin Cities metro locations

• App-based ride services, such as Uber & Lyft, which have two designated drop-off and pick-up locations for getting to and from the fair. Take Uber to the Minnesota State Fair and get $15 off your first ride by entering code MNSTATEFAIR when you sign up at https://get.uber.com/. (New Uber users only. Expires Sept. 18 at 11:55 p.m.). Get 30 percent off two Lyft rides, up to a $5 savings on each ride, by using code MNSTATEFAIR when you sign up at www.lyft.com/signup. (New users only. Valid Aug. 24 – Sept. 7, 2017.)

• Free trolley rides on the north end of the fairgrounds. In addition, a free ADA-accessible trolley runs along Randall Avenue with stops at Buford Avenue and Gate #18 at Dan Elmer Way. The trolley, which runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. daily, serves guests who enter at Buford Avenue or park at the Robin Lot.

• Information booths (sponsored by CenturyLink) stocked with free maps; daily schedules (sponsored by the Minnesota Lottery); specialty brochures; complimentary sunscreen (partnership of Vanicream Sunscreen, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Fair); Deals, Drawings and Giveaways Guides; and more.

• First Aid Stations (sponsored by Regions Hospital) located on the east and west ends of the fairgrounds

• A Wi-Fi hotspot at the west Grandstand Plaza (sponsored by DragNFly Wireless)

• Free identification wristbands to help reunite lost children with their families

• And more! Use the online visitor guide for more information on guest services and answers to frequently asked questions— http://www.mnstatefair.org/general_ info/visitor_ guide/.

For more information about values, special discount days, bargains and more at the Minnesota State Fair, visit mnstatefair.org. The 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together runs Aug. 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 4.

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