The Minnesota State Fair just announced a few changes for the 2022 fair. Plus, discounted ticket prices are available now through January 31st so if you know you are going this year, you may want to purchase your tickets now.
Because COVID cancelled the fair in 2020, and impacted the fair in 2021, the Minnesota State Fair reported significant financial loss in the past 2 years. Their operating loss was $16.5 million in 2020 and $1.3 million in 2021. But they are planning to have the fair again this year in 2022.
Operating hours will be changed in 2022. They are open one hour later and closed one hour earlier each day.
From Thursday, August 25th through Sunday, September 4th, their hours are 7:00am to 11:00pm. Previously it was 6:00am to midnight.
On Labor Day, September 5th, their hours will be 7:00am to 9:00pm. Last year they were open 6:00am to 9:00pm on Labor Day.
This probably won’t affect fairgoers much (I’m not an early bird or a night owl so I wouldn’t want to be there outside those times anyway), but it may lower revenue for vendors.
Ticket prices are going up this year. They are going up $1 in each category – adults, kids and seniors. Regular gate admission for adults 13 – 64 will be $17, and for kids 5-12 and seniors 65+ will be $15.
The pre-fair admission rate will be $14.
BUT you can lock a discounted rate of $13 for all ages if you purchase tickets by January 31st.
More information: https://www.mnstatefair.org/tickets/admission-tickets/
The pre-fair ticket rate is only going up $1 per ticket February 1st, and may also apply to discount days during the fair. So you can still save money.
Are we going?
In 2021 we did not go, and we’re not sure about this year. It seems the closer we get to being past COVID, the further the end becomes. (If that makes sense?) We’ve gone most years and always have a great time, and I have had a lot of fun previewing foods at the Minnesota State Fair.