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Minnesota State Fair to add metal detectors at entrances as part of $10M upgrade plan

The State Fair has revealed its latest set of investments.

The Minnesota State Fair has announced it will make $10 million-worth of upgrades to the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul prior to the 2020 event.

The State Fair board has approved $5.1 million in maintenance work and $4.5 million in capital projects at its annual meeting this weekend.

It's a smaller outlay than last year, when the State Fair splashed out $16 million to open the new North End Event Center.

But one of the most controversial changes coming in this year is the addition of metal detectors at entrance gates, which follows on from a shooting outside the fairgrounds on the last day of the 2019 fair.

The addition will likely lead to longer waiting times for those trying to get into the fair.

"We’ve looked at adding metal detectors to our public safety program for a while now,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer.

"We added bag checks in 2016, and this is the next step in maintaining a safe and secure environment."

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The additional investment will also see improvements to every building in the livestock complex, various painting and landscaping improvements, and the renovation of the building at 1640 Como Avenue to add a year-round ticket office.

Admission prices meanwhile will be unchanged from 2019 levels, costing $15 for adults 13-64, and $13 for kids and seniors.

You can get your State Fair tickets now from the State Fair website at a discount cost of $12.

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