You can expect some big changes at The Great Minnesota Get-Together this summer.


On Sunday, the State Fair’s board of managers met to approve $4.6 million in capital work and $3.4 million in maintenance projects.

Also, and it's not much, but the project also includes a $1 increase to ticket prices for the 2017 fair, scheduled August 24 through September 4.

Tickets will be priced at $14 for people ages 13 to 64, $11 for children 5 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. Kids under 5 will be admitted free. Advance discount tickets for all ages will be $11.

But that's not all. Other projects include “a new elevator at the west side of the historic Grandstand, major upgrades to the Swine Barn, two new information booths, and more than $3 million in improvements to the State Fair’s utilities and transportation infrastructure,” the release said.

Also, a portion of the interior retail space in the Upper Grandstand will be transformed into “The Veranda,” a new shopping and dining destination.

All projects are funded through State Fair operating revenue and grants from the State Fair Foundation. The fair is financially self-supporting and receives no government aid of any kind.

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