The Minnesota State Fair is back.
The fair was canceled last year amid COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing recommendations. But fair officials announced Friday the beloved event will return on Aug. 26 and run through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 6.
Dubbed the “Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together,” a play on the fair’s traditional “Great Minnesota Get Together” moniker, the fair will not limit daily attendance or require masks, although fair officials ask that anyone who isn't vaccinated against COVID-19 wear them.
They did note that some parts of the fair will look different.
For visitors, changes include the River Raft Ride, Go Karts, Giant Sing Along, and the Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage missing this year. The llama costume contest will move to the Warner Coliseum which offers more seating.
The fair will feature dozens of newborn animals but no live births. The fairgrounds and most exhibits will close an hour earlier on Labor Day than in years past.
Tickets purchased for the 2020 fair before it was canceled will be valid this year, they added.
The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office says it will provide security to the Minnesota State Fair this year. The nearly $2 million agreement would provide the fair about 200 officers each day. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said he’ll seek Minnesota State Patrol help at the gates.
The State Fair eliminated its police department after the retirement of Chief Paul Paulos last month.
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