Price hike, shortened hours approved for Minnesota State Fair

Doors will open an hour later than last year for Minnesota’s next big event.

ST PAUL, Minnesota – Just weeks into 2022, planning is already underway for the next Minnesota State Fair.

During the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society over the weekend, the fair’s governing body, two changes were approved that will impact how much you pay to walk through the gate and how long during which you can browse the exhibition center.

First, the board approved an increase in the price of admission for this year’s fair, which is scheduled to run from August 25 through Labor Day, September 5, 2022.

Regular door admission for adults 13-64 is $17, while ticket prices for children 5-12 and seniors 65 and older are $15. Children under 4 years old enter for free.

Fees are a $1 increase in each age group from last year, but discounted pre-fair tickets are currently still on sale through Jan. 31 for $13.

The Minnesota State Fair hours have also changed for 2022. Here’s what the schedule looks like this year:

  • From August 25 to September 4: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • September 5: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last year, the fairgrounds were open from 6 a.m. to midnight for the first 11 days of the fair and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labor Day.

In 2021, more than 1.3 million people attended the Minnesota State Fair, an impressive number given the ongoing pandemic, but a significant drop from the more than 2.1 million people who visited in 2019 The fair was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

At the meeting, general manager Jerry Hammer said the fair had an operating loss of $1.3 million last year, following 2020’s operating loss of $16.5 million.

Despite all the roadblocks and hurdles show organizers had to overcome last year, Hammer said “the fact that we were able to produce a large show for 1.3 million guests was miraculous.”

Learn more about the Minnesota State Agricultural Society’s 163rd Annual Meeting here.

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