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Minnesota State Fair parking: On-site lots, Park and Ride fill up quickly on opening day

On-site parking lots at the fairgrounds were filled by 11:30 a.m.

ST PAUL, Minn. — For the first time since 2019, the Minnesota State Fair opened Thursday with no COVID-19 restrictions or caveats. And it appears Minnesotans and fair fans from near and far were excited to enter the gates – within a matter of hours, all on-site parking lots were completely full.

More than a dozen of the 29 Park and Ride lots were also filled by 11:30 a.m.

KARE 11 staff reported it took hours to find parking near the fairgrounds, and it wasn't until 1:30 p.m. that the fair said space had opened up in the parking lot south of Como.

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Throughout the duration of the fair, Park and Ride buses run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Labor Day, the last bus takes off at 9 p.m.

Further outside the I-694 to I-494 loop, Metro Transit's Express Service Buses are offering $6 round trip rides to the fairgrounds.

There are also three fenced-in parking lots for bicycles.

If you can find a parking spot in one of the on-site lots, it'll cost you $17 for the day. Handicap and wheelchair accessible parking are also available in the Camel, Robin and West and East Como lots on the State Fairgrounds on a first-come basis, and is available at most Park and Ride lots.

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