New north end attraction planned for Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is considering adding a new attraction to the north end of the fairgrounds near the campground and the pet center, officials announced Tuesday.

The new complex could include an interactive exhibit highlighting the future of agriculture in Minnesota, a hall for traveling exhibits and an outdoor amphitheater for performing arts. The new complex is slated for construction in 2017 or 2018.

Officials also voted to keep ticket prices for the Great Minnesota Get-Together the same as 2015. Tickets will remain $13 for adults and $11 for children and seniors, with free admission for children five and under.

In addition to the new north end, the board approved $6.8 million for fairground improvements in 2016, including new pedestrian walkways and a new Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park.