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Record number of applications for Fringe Festival as lottery looms

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If you're a part of one of the productions hoping to get into this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival, you're going to need a little luck.

The Pioneer Press says 476 groups have applied for a spot to perform in the 21st annual festival, a 13 percent increase over last year. A lottery Monday night will determine the 170 groups that will take part in the event this year, set for July 31-Aug. 10.

The lottery will take place at 7 p.m. at the Brave New Workshop Student Union in Minneapolis.

Fringe Festival Executive Director Jeff Larson says in a press release he's excited about the variety of applications.

"This year's applications include 30 from greater Minnesota artists, 108 from national touring artists representing 30 states and 276 from first-time Fringe producers," Larson says.

The Fringe Festival has a full list of the productions vying for a spot in this year's event.

Organizers say nearly 50,000 tickets were distributed to 176 shows last year, which were staged in 16 different venues.

Vita.mn says the top 15 shows in the 2013 festival sold nearly 25 percent of the tickets. The top-selling show was Transatlantic Love Affair company's "These Old Shoes," which had 1,408 attendees, or an average of 235 for each of its six performances.

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