TODAY, Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 23. Adults (13-64) pay $10 (saving $2 a ticket) and kids (5-12) are just $7 (saving $3 per ticket). Monday, Aug. 27 is Seniors & Kids Day. Seniors’ (65 & over) and kids’ tickets are just $7 each. Tuesday, Aug. 28 is Military Appreciation Day. Active military and their families, as well as retired and veteran military and their spouses, are admitted for just $7 when they purchase tickets at the gate with documentation of U.S. Military service.
Many State Fair vendors offer special deals on Thrifty Thursday, Seniors & Kids Day, and Military Appreciation Day. Look for the “special deal” sign at participating vendors. The vendors are also listed in the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide available at all information booths, and at mnstatefair.org. For example, today you can get 4 cream puffs for just $10, or buy one get free Sno Cones. YUM.
The Mighty Midway and Kidway are offering reduced prices on rides, games and concessions. The number of tickets required to ride the rides or play the games is reduced by one ticket on every ride and game. All-day specials run today, Thrifty Thursday and Kids Days, Aug. 27 Early Bird specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 28.
When you get to the Fair, be sure to buy a $5 Blue Ribbon Bargain Book. The book has 126 coupons with savings on food, merchandise and attractions throughout the fairgrounds. Use the coupons and save over $500. New this year, the Bargain Book has five Mighty Midway ride coupons and one Kidway ride coupon.
These are GOOD discounts, too. Such as buy one get one on pizza slices at Green Mill, and $6 off a $20 sheet of ride tickets at the Kidway.
You’ll find the books at the State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts. Plus, proceeds from the sale of the books support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation mission to preserve and improve fair buildings, grounds and educational experiences.
Two free services you may not know about:
1. There are four free trolleys that run 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, which deliver you to the north side of the Fair. NOTE: There is no service between 2 and 3 p.m. due to the daily FREE parade.
2. There are no service charges at the TCF cash machines on the Fair grounds. NOTE: TCF does not charge service fees however, your bank may assess service fees.
Final Tips: The Fair has so many deals and discounts; it’s hard to keep track of them all! Make sure you do your research BEFORE you get to the Fair at MNStateFair.org. Then, download the FREE State Fair App, with popular search functions like Food Finder, Fun Finder, even a Merchandise Finder.