Seniors Celebrated at Minnesota State Fair on Thursday

Updated: 08/28/2014 7:58 AM
Created: 08/28/2014 7:14 AM
By: Jennie Olson

It’s Seniors Day at the Minnesota State Fair! Visitors 65-years-old and older can get in for $8, and special activities and information will be available at the 4-H building.

Gov. Mark Dayton is also declaring Thursday “Senior LinkAge Line Day” in Minnesota. Senior LinkAge Line connects seniors with a variety of services like home care, housing, transportation and meal delivery.


Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Bad Suns will be performing at the Grandstand on Thursday night. Tickets are still available and cost $41-$51.

Getting to the Fair                                                            

New this year, the renovated Gate 16 is serving as a grand entrance to the fairgrounds. A projected one-third of the crowd is expected to enter and exit through that gate, which is also right next to the new transit hub.

The transit hub will be the designated drop-off and pick-up zone for anyone taking Metro Transit or the park-and-ride system.

"The idea of this is to relieve bottleneck," Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said.

Hammer hopes the renovations and the addition of the Green Line light rail will ease congestion along Como Avenue on the south side of the fairgrounds. In the past, buses shared that space with cars, pedestrians and livestock trailers.

Hammer expects the horseshoe-shaped transit hub to reduce the number of buses turning across busy intersections and crosswalks.

See transportation options here.

KSTP at the Fair

You can find KSTP near the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue, just south of the Grandstand. We’ll be on air throughout the fair.

The Minnesota State Fair runs through Labor Day, the tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds.

KSTP File Photo

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