The Minnesota State Fair announced its "kickoff to Summer at the Fair" today, which is set for May 27-31.

How You Can Register

This event looks amazing with five days full of food, brews, live music, shopping, and of course a ton of family fun at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Now, if you want to get into the "Kickoff to Summer" event, you need to enter into a lottery system, that will randomly select people for an opportunity to purchase tickets.

According to a press release from the Minnesota State Fair, the lottery registration is open now through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 6th. So if you want to get entered in, you better hustle! The Kickoff to Summer at the Fair will of course follow all current health and safety guidelines.

You can register for the lottery and find out all the information you need right here.

What You Can Expect To See At The Kickoff to Summer Event

“Last year’s Food Parades were a big hit, but they were also very limited,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer. “This year, we’re very happy to bring people back in a walk-around environment to enjoy a slice of the fair.”

As for this year’s State Fair, Hammer added, “We don’t know exactly what it will look like, but we’re staying very flexible with our planning and looking forward to the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together in August.”

Kickoff to Summer at the Fair will feature food and beverage offerings for purchase, an eclectic entertainment lineup, patios and socially distanced seating, the Giant Slide*, the Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together collection of items for local nonprofits supporting veterans and youth, board games, kids activities, State Fair mascot appearances, photo ops, specialty shopping*, a Memorial Day commemoration, and more. (*Additional cost)

Yes, Sweet Marth's Cookie Jar will be there, Tiny Tim Donuts, Blue Moon Dine-in Theater, and more will be there! You can get the full menu here.

Live music will be available throughout the event at various food vendor locations, the Family Fun Stage at DNR Park, Visitors Plaza Stage and a DJ at Dan Patch Park. A full list of the entertainment schedule can be found here.

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Dates, Times and Everything Else You Need To Know

Tickets are $12.50 each (fees and tax included); children 4 and under are free with a child ticket. Each ticket is valid for a specific date and timeslot.

The capacity for each timeslot is 10,000 people, which is within the State of Minnesota’s current guidelines. Tickets will be sold through a lottery process, so all guests who register have an opportunity to be randomly selected to purchase tickets (a limit of 6 tickets per customer, including children). The event runs for five days with a total of seven timeslots:

Thursday, May 27, 4-9 p.m.
Friday, May 28, 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 29, 4-9 p.m.
Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 30, 4-9 p.m.
Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Again, the State Fair stressed that guests will be required to follow all safety guidelines and procedures in place at the time of the event. Face masks will be required, and all must be seated to eat or drink.

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