Minnesota State Fair admission prices are going up this year

Crowds attend the 2015 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Forum News Service
Crowds attend the 2015 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — The price of admission to the Great Minnesota Get-Together is going up this year — it’s the first such price hike in two years.

That is the bad news. The good news is that you can score tickets at 2018 prices through Feb. 1 via the State Fair website.

On Feb. 2, ticket prices go up as follows:

•Regular gate admission for those 13-64 will be $15.

•Children 5-12 and seniors 65 and over will pay $13.

•Children 4 and younger will get in free.

The State Fair board of managers announced the hikes Sunday, Jan. 20, noting that they reflect rising costs in production, facilities, upkeep, public safety and other services.

The board on Sunday also announced $16.3 million in capital work — with $16 million of that earmarked for a new exhibit complex at the north end of the Fairgrounds — and another $3.4 million for a host of maintenance projects.

The north-end development is already under construction.

The project centerpiece is a 12,000-square-foot exhibit hall with “annually changing museum-quality” installations. The complex also will showcase Minnesota innovations in agriculture, industry, arts, food and more.

The fair is financially self-supporting and does not receive government funding.

The fair runs Aug. 22 through Labor Day, Sept. 2