They call it the "Great Minnesota Get-Together".  Well organizers may want to reconsider that title and call it the "Greater" Minnesota get-together after planned improvements are finished for the grounds.  Over the weekend, the Minnesota State Fair Board approved $20 million in improvements for the grounds - largely happening on the north end of the 322-acre parcel in the Twin Cities.  At the same time, the board approved raising ticket prices by $1.00 starting with the 2019 edition.

The improvements to the fair grounds will seek to better utilize the north end and add permanent structures to an area where there hasn't been much permanency in the past.  After the project is finished, fair officials hope to usher in a whole new neighborhood for the annual event.

In addition to the capital outlay, the board also voted to raise ticket prices by $1.00; the new rates for adults ages 13 to 64 will be $15.00.  Kids (5-12) and seniors (65-plus) will get in for $13.00.  Children under 4 years of age are free.

The 2019 edition of the Minnesota State Fair is scheduled for August 22 through September 2.