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Minnesota State Fair announces price rise, new $16M exhibition center

More investment is coming to the North End of the fairgrounds.

The Minnesota State Fair has announced that ticket prices will rise in 2019, amid a $20 million investment into improvements and maintenance projects.

The price of general admission will go up by $1 to $15 for adults 13-64 and $13 for kids 5-12 and seniors, while pre-fair discount tickets will also rise a buck to $12 for all ages.

However, you can still buy tickets at the current price of $11 if you book them here by Feb. 1.

State fair general manager Jerry Hammer cited rising cost in fair production, public safety, facilities upkeep and the cost of the free Park & Ride system as being behind the increase.

The price rise also comes amid a $20 million investment into the state fairgrounds, chief among which is the construction of a new exhibition complex at the North End of the grounds.

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The 12,000-square-foot exhibition space will be situated next to The Hangar, itself a new addition to the State Fair last year, on Murphy Avenue.

Outside the exhibition hall, which will be home to "museum-quality exhibits" – will be a new plaza and pavilions for food, retailers, and other attractions.

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The State Fair, which topped 2 million visitors for the first time in its history last year, has been looking to reduce the amount of congestion in the southern areas of the fairgrounds by encouraging more fair-goers to head to the North End.

The introduction of The Hangar food and beer hall last year was part of that, as was the recent addition of another Sweet Martha's on northern Underwood Street.

The 2019 fair will be held between Aug. 22 and Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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