Today is Military Appreciation Day, when active military and their families, retired and veteran military and their spouses, pay just $7 per ticket. Remember, you do need to bring documentation of your U.S. Military service.
Wednesday, Aug. 29 is Read & Ride Day, brought to you by your local library. Present a valid library card when you buy your tickets at the gate and adults pay $10, seniors and kids $7. One card is required for each discounted admission.
Seniors Day is Thursday, Aug. 30. Guests ages 65 and over are admitted for just $7.
Labor Day, Sept. 3 is Kids & Last Chance Day when children ages 5-12 are admitted for only $7.
Remember there are additional vendor discounts, to go along with the discounted ticket prices. Look for special deal signs at places like Famous Dave's and the Pizza Wagon. Also, all the deals are listed in the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide available at the information booths and online at mnstatefair.org
In addition, select vendors feature closeout prices on Monday, aka Last Chance Day. Last Chance Day deals will be listed in a special flyer available on Labor Day at State Fair information booths.
Save BIG on rides and games at Kidway and Midway this last week of the Fair. Both amusement parks are taking one ticket off of every ride and game all day long on Read & Ride Day, Aug. 29; and both Kids Days, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3. The "one ticket off everything" special also runs from opening until 1 p.m. on Aug. 28, Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.
The best part of the State Fair is all the free entertainment, and I'm not just talking about Keith Marler and Kelsey Soby!
Take in a free concert in the evening at the Leinie Bandshell – enjoy The Mavericks on Wednesday and Thursday, and Wilson Phillips Friday and Saturday. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Over at the Coliseum, all the horse shows are FREE. Today is the last day to catch the English horse show, and tomorrow kicks off the High School Rodeo.
If you have the urge to sing, join the Giant Sing Along, located north on the fairgrounds near the Pet Center. The singing starts at 9 a.m. with You Are My Sunshine, and finishes at 9 a.m. with Livin' La Vida Loca. My personal favorite is song number 49, Bohemian Rhapsody. For a complete song list, log on to mnstatefair.org
Here's another free Giant activity, perfect for the kids. Check out The Giant Sand Box, located east of the Family Fair stage.
For teens and young adults, be sure to hit the FAIR-Well-To-Summer Dance Party, where you can show off your dance moves. Hosting the dance party are DJ Mad Mardigan, DJ Dudley D and MC Ben Quam. The Party starts Thursday, August 30th, at 8 p.m. at Carousel Park.
For children of all ages, join in the Library Card Mob at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Carousel Park. Yes, I'm serious. It's a flash mob brought to you by your local libraries. Learn the dance in advance here: http://bookawocky.org/read/index.cfm/things-to-do/library-card-mob/ at Bookawocky.org
Last, but not least, the Wahl Mobile Barbershop is back, giving free facial hair trims to hirsute Fair-goers. For every trim they give, Wahl will donate $1 to Movember – which helps support initiatives for men's health issues like prostate cancer. The Barbershop will be at the Fair Saturday through Monday. For more details, log on to WahlNation.com