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State Fair: discount admission tickets no longer accepted for parking lots

Available in advance for $3 less than general admission, the tickets had been accepted in the past for parking in the fair’s lots.

There’s a change in the State Fair’s parking payment policy: discount tickets won’t work for parking.

In the past, the discount admission tickets available in advance of the fair for $10, could be used both for the regular adult $13 admission to the fair and for the $13 fee for parking a vehicle in the fair’s nearby parking lots.

Starting this year, the discount tickets won’t be accepted for parking. They’re good for fair admission only.

Explained Lara Hughes, the fair’s communication’s supervisor:

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“We’ve made some significant changes to the fairgrounds this year, including splitting parking fee transactions from admission ticket purchase transactions. Fair guests will now park their vehicle and walk up to the gate to purchase and/or present their admission ticket to enter the gate.

“With that change in logistics, we are no longer able to accept pre-fair discount admission tickets to cover parking to ensure we meet audit standards in differentiating the two transactions. Additionally, we could never guarantee parking in fairgrounds lots, which created guest services issues when visitors ended up with an extra admission ticket (purchased ahead of time to cover parking) that they couldn’t use when lots were full.”