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Minnesota State Fair traffic, parking, buses proving to be a nightmare on day one

Traffic, parking, buses.... it's a gigantic mess.

UPDATE 12:35 P.M. 

All park and ride lots are full as of 12:30 p.m. 

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The weather is gorgeous for the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and with that, people are flocking to the fairgrounds in droves, making for tough parking and long lines.

KDWB's Dave Ryan is among the many frustrated people trying to get to the fair. He tweeted that it's the worst he's ever experienced. 

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the following park and ride lots were full, only opening periodically when spaces are available:

Gathering Place, Roseville Covenant, Grace Church, Roseville High School, Bethel University, St. Christopher’s, Calvary Church in Roseville, New Life Presbyterian, Gustavus Adolphus, Wilder Foundation, St. Rose of Lima, Ford Plant, Gloria Dei, U of M Victory Lot and Lot 37. 

That's 14 locations, and the list appears to be growing. 

You can view all park and ride locations right here

Buses are running regularly, although fair officials say they are experiencing delays because of brutal traffic and long lines. 

Per usual, traffic is stop and go pretty much everywhere around the fairgrounds, as noted by the red colors on MnDOT's traffic map (11:10 a.m.). 

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State Fair traffic is always a headache, but it might be a little worse this year to start because rain is in the forecast for Friday and quite a few days to follow, so it could be that fair-goers are making hay while the sun is shining.

That's just our hunch, anyway. 

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