State Fair: Getting in for Free or for a Reduced Rate

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image courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

image courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

It’s August and we all know what event is just around the corner, don’t we?

The Minnesota State Fair is coming August 22-September 2, 2013.  Many of us think it’s time to plunge into our savings account and get ready to come home broke.    Because for an entrance fee at $12 per an adult ticket and $10 per child, it can be  pricey to admit your family for one day, not to mention 2 or more.

But I have discovered some great ways to get in free.  Instead of costing you money, it will cost you some time, but I think you will find it worth it.





2013 farmVolunteer for a shift at one of the exhibits or attractions.

In return for a 3 or 4 hour shift, you are able to put your time in and then enjoy the rest of the day at the fair.  I would recommend volunteering as early in the day as you can, especially if you bring your kids with you.  At some of the exhibits, your kids can help out, too.  No joke!  What a fun service type of project for the whole family.  When I volunteer at the State Fair, I have the best time.

Some potentials you could check into are included on this list.  I would double check what age you need to be to volunteer:  Some may be age 5 and others may be age 12.

If you know of another volunteer opportunity, please let us know!

2013 familyRamsey County Library Bookawocky Children’s Reading Program

The Ramsey County Library Bookawocky Program  partnered with the Minnesota State Fair and one of the prizes of completing the reading program for ages 5-11 is a ticket to the State Fair.  The program goes until August 18.  All they have to do is read four books, and fill out a form explaining about the book’s plot and what you liked best.  Or if you are more artistically minded like my kids, you can draw a picture.  It’s just four books.  You can still totally get this done.  Even if you are like me and my son, Dash.

“Okay, Bud, we are going to read 4 books, and then I want you to draw pictures about the books, okay?”

“But I don’t want to draw pictures, Mom!”

“Well, if you want to go to the State Fair, you will.”

Yes, I threatened Dash to read.  I did. I don’t normally have to do that. Honestly, my son loves to read with me.  He cries when he can’t, but he doesn’t like to do hard work and  isn’t fond of drawing pictures.

image courtesy of the MN State Fair

image courtesy of the MN State Fair

Early Bird Discount

Get early bird tickets at the State Fair Box Office or at any Cub Foods Service Desk until August 21, 2013  or online until August 15 for $9.  These tickets are only available while supplies last.







image courtesy of the MN State Fair

image courtesy of the MN State Fair

Special Discount Days

According to the Minnesota State Fair Website, even if you miss all the good deals before the fair, you still have lots of chances to reclaim some cash during the fair.

This is what I’ve found, but we need your input!  Do you have August 22-September 2, 2013 on your calendars?  Do you know of a way to save some money getting into the State Fair?

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids–Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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