Security changes at Minnesota State Fair gates

- The lines to get into the Minnesota State Fair could be a little longer this year. State Fair officials have announced changes to security screenings at all 11 entrances, as well as an expansion of the security program inside the fair gates.

The fair has hired 100 security staffers through three different agencies to handle the bag searches.  They hope it won’t back up the entrances much at all, since they are no different  than the searches already being done at sports venues.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Bags, purses, coolers and packages will be subject to search at each of the Minnesota State Fair's 11 entrances. The State Fair has also adjusted safety procedures in several other areas including security staffing levels, vehicle access, traffic management and video.

No skateboards or hoverboards will be allowed, nor will security let anyone bring a drone in, for fear it could crash into people.  

The State Fair's security plan is developed in consultation with local, state and federal public safety agencies. The fair greatly expanded its security systems in 2002, and has made adjustments as needed each year.

The 2016 Minnesota State Fair is Aug. 25 through Labor Day (Sept. 5). Visit the Fox 9 stage and booth and Nelson and Dan Patch, next to the Giant Slide.

State Fair admission

Adults (13-64): $13
Seniors (65+): $11
Kids (5-12): $11
Children (Under 5): Free

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