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Minnesota State Fair food parade tickets sell out in under 3 hours

Many complained of the website crashing while trying to buy tickets.
Photos by Darin Kamnetz

Tickets to the Minnesota State Fair's first-ever food parade sold out within 2.5 hours, according to Fair officials said Friday. 

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and by about 12:30 p.m., tickets had sold out after the Fair experienced "unprecedented volume." People shared their frustrations with getting tickets on Twitter Friday, with many saying it took them about 50 tries in order to actually be able to purchase tickets, citing the website crashing or not loading.

"We understand Minnesotans are missing the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, and we regret that we cannot accommodate more fair fans. We look forward to bringing the full fair experience back to our 2 million guests in 2021," a statement said. 

The Fair said the 13-day event is limited to 19,000 vehicles in order to present the event in "a safe and enjoyable manner for guests."

The Minnesota State Fair was canceled due to COVID-19, but there are many opportunities for people to get their fix of the fair this summer besides the food parade. Local breweries are serving up their State Fair-exclusive brews. There's a Blue Barn pop-up this summer, there's a Minnesota Fare event at Rosedale Center and many State Fair food vendors are setting up shop around the state (find them here).

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