A cold-day reason to think about State Fair tickets

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Remember how we complained during that hot and steamy stretch of summer during the Minnesota State Fair last August? (It was only about a hundred degrees warmer than where temperatures around the state stand today.)

Wouldn't ya give a buck to have that day back for an hour right now?

Well, that's how much more it'll cost you for a day at this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.

The Pioneer Press reports the fair is raising its at-the-gate prices for adults, seniors, and children by $1. Given attendance trends, the story calculates the fair could generate an additional $1.7 million this year with the dollar increase.

With the increase, the ticket price for adults will increase from $12 to $13, while kids and seniors tickets will now cost $11. The price of pre-fair discount tickets will also increase, to $10. Children under 5 will still be free. Thrifty Thursday, Senior and Kids Day, and Military Appreciation Day will continue to feature individual tickets discounted by $2 to $5.

Ticket prices last went up for the 2011 fair, when prices rose from $11 an adult to $12, senior tickets increased from $9 to $10 and the admission for kids tickets made the leap from $8 to $10.

The 2014 Minnesota State Fair will be held from Aug. 21 to Labor Day, Sept. 1. Visitors to this year's annual event will see a major transformation: The new $14 million West End Market and transit hub on the old Heritage Square site will alter the northwest corner of the fairgrounds.

The Star Tribune reported that the updated area will keep a 150-year-old log cabin, a windmill, the old North St. Paul train depot and the Royal American Shows train cars that were part of the old Heritage Square. It will also include an amphitheater and a State Fair history and heritage center.

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