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It's official: Minnesota State Fair is on, with no COVID restrictions

Proof of vaccination won't be required, and face masks won't be mandatory.

It's official: The Minnesota State Fair 2021 is going ahead.

The Minnesota State Fair's board of managers gave the green light to the 2021 fair between Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6, after a year's hiatus due to COVID-19.

And provided nothing seriously shifts in Minnesota's COVID-19 situation between now and Aug. 26, the State Fair will go ahead without any significant restrictions.

This means there will be no capacity limits, proof of vaccination won't be required for guests, staff, or vendors, nor will face masks be mandatory - though the Minnesota State Fair will still urge those who have not been vaccinated to wear them.

The State Fair does say it will adhere to federal and state guidelines in terms of cleaning and sanitization measures, while anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of their visit is being told not to attend.

There will be some changes in terms of the activities available due to COVID-19 and other "operational challenges," with attractions including 3rd Lair SkatePark, EquiMania!™, the Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage, Giant Sing Along, Go Karts, Laser Encore’s Laser Hitz Show and the River Raft Ride canceled for this year.

On a more positive note, the Llama Costume Contest is moving inside the Warner Coliseum to provide more seating for fans. It'll be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.

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"Planning has been ongoing throughout the pandemic, but it still feels really good to say that the Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together is actually happening,” said General Manager Jerry Hammer. “We’re working hard to ensure a healthy and safe environment, so if you’re ready to get together later this summer, the fair will be here and ready to welcome you back.”"

"Recovery from the past year will take some time for many of our partners, so this year’s fair may look a little different from what we’re used to,” he added. “I guarantee, though, that we will do our very best to give you the full-on Minnesota State Fair experience.”

Tickets for this year's fair cost $13 for ages 13-64 if bought before Aug. 25. You can book your tickets here.

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