ST PAUL, Minn. — ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's going cost more to get inside the gates of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
The board of managers of the Minnesota State Fair approved an admission hike of $1 per ticket, pushing the cost for those ages 13-64 to $15, up from $14. Children 5-12 and seniors 65 and over will pay $13, up from $12. Children 4 and under will get in free.
Admission was last raised just two years ago.
The board also gave the green light to nearly $20 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the fairgrounds.
Of that amount, $16 million is earmarked for a major new exhibit complex on the North End of the fairgrounds and $3.4 million for maintenance projects.
The North End development is under construction. The centerpiece is a new facility with a 12,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
Improvements and maintenance projects approved for the coming year include stall upgrades in the Swine Barn, installation of a new overheard cover for the Exercise Ring in the livestock area, and improvements to the restrooms in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum.
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