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2010 Minnesota State Fair

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The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 26 and runs through Monday, September 6. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. BE SURE TO CARRY YOUR U CARD. You will need it to receive the University rate at public parking facilities.

Parking and Transportation Services and the University of Minnesota Police Department thank you for your patience and cooperation during the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Our goal is to allow faculty, students, staff and visitors open access to campus while still providing a safe environment for the University community.

If you have questions or concerns regarding parking, please contact Parking and Transportation Services.
Phone: 612-626-7275

For the latest information on our mass transit options, please visit

If you have questions or concerns about University access traffic control for the State Fair, please e-mail Lt. Troy Buhta, University of Minnesota Police Department, at

If you have any problems or emergencies during the State Fair dates, please contact the Minnesota State Fair Chief of Police Art Blakey at 612-328-1106 or

Thank you,
Bob Baker, Executive Director
Parking and Transportation Services

St. Paul Campus

State Fair Gates
The Minnesota State Fair will operate the Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate for access to the Fairgrounds as in previous years. State Fair pedestrian access and a bicycle "corral" will also be available at the Commonwealth/Dan Patch Avenue gate. The State Fair requires bike lane restrictions along Como Avenue. See the State Fair Web site for more details.

Late evening traffic after Grandstand events (about 11 p.m.) will be routed out of the Fairgrounds at two locations on campus.

For access and general information about the Minnesota State Fair, please visit

Contract Parking
Hangtag reciprocal parking on the St. Paul campus will not be available during the State Fair. Keycard reciprocal parking will be in effect for Gortner Avenue Ramp on a space available basis. If you need assistance with contract parking, please email by Monday, August 23.

Public Parking
Several parking alternatives have been arranged for faculty, staff and students.

Lot S101 (Commonwealth and Cleveland Avenues)
In effect weekdays, Thursday, Aug. 26-Friday, Sept. 3:
- $2.50 daily carpool parking with U Card before 9 am
- $3.75 daily parking with a U Card before 9 am
- $8.00 event parking for the general public after 9 am
- Weekends/Labor Day rate is $8.00

Lot S104 (Buford & Randall Avenues)
In effect weekdays, Thursday, Aug. 26 - Friday, Sept. 3:
- $6.00 daily parking with U Card before 9 am
- $8.00 event parking for general public parking after 9 am
- Weekends and Labor Day rate is $8.00 all day
- CECC attendees will receive the University rate by identifying themselves as a course attendee to the parking attendant, Monday-Friday, before 9 am, except Labor Day.
NOTE: The only access into the fairgrounds is through the Commonwealth gate (#15)

Gortner Avenue Ramp (Gortner and Fitch Avenues)
In effect weekdays, weekends, & Labor Day, Thursday, Aug. 26-Monday, Sept. 6:
- $8.00 event parking all day
- Contract space will remain available

Lot SC153 (Commonwealth Avenue)
After 4:30 pm weekdays, August 26-September 6 and all day on weekends and Labor Day
- $8.00 event parking for the general public
- Contract space will remain available

Minneapolis Campus

Contract Parking
Hangtag reciprocal parking in Lot C66 at Como and 29th Avenues will NOT be available during the State Fair. Contract patrons will be re-located.

Public Parking
Beginning Thursday, August 26 at 6 am until 1 am on Tuesday, September 7, Gold Lot, Maroon Lot, Lot 37, Ski-U-Mah Lot and part of Northstar Lot will be reserved for State Fair patrons only. Evening and weekend state fair parking will also be available in the 4th Street Ramp, Minnesota Lot, and Lot 33.

Here are some daytime parking alternatives:

Lot 33
$2.50 daily carpool parking before 9 am
$3.75 daily parking until 4 pm (State Fair use after 4 pm)

Oak Street Ramp (Ontario and Delaware Streets)
$6.00 off-peak parking before 7 am or after 2 pm
$3.00 per hour between 7 am and 2 pm ($12 maximum)

4th Street Ramp (4th Street and 18th Avenue)
$6.00 off-peak parking before 7 am
$3.00 per hour between 7 am and 2 pm ($12 maximum)
Note: public space for State Fair use after 4 pm

East River Road Garage (385 East River Road)
$6.00 off-peak parking after 5 pm
$3.00 per hour before 4:30 pm ($12 maximum)

Weisman Art Museum Garage (333 East River Road)
$3.00 per hour - Hours at

Shuttle Buses

State Fair
During August 26 - September 6, many 45-foot motorcoaches, provided by Lorenz and other companies, will shuttle riders from various parking locations on the East Bank to the State Fair. The buses will run continuously from 8 am to midnight. For complete information on State Fair buses, go to

Campus Shuttles
The Campus Connector shuttle will continue to transport riders from East and West Bank to the St. Paul, leaving the Transitway at Energy Park Drive and following Cleveland Avenue to the St. Paul campus. The schedule is as follows:
Through Sunday, August 29:
Monday-Friday, 7 am - 6 pm, every 15 minutes

Monday, August 30:
7 am - 9 pm, every 15 minutes

Tuesday, August 31:
7 am - 9 pm, every 15 minutes

Wednesday, September 1:
7 am - 9 pm, every 15 minutes

Thursday, September 2:
7 am - 1 am, every 15 minutes

Friday, September 3:
7 - 8 am, every 15 minutes
8 am - 6 pm, every 5 minutes
6 - 10 pm, every 15 minutes
10 pm - 2:15 am every 20 minutes

Saturday, September 4:
8 am - 9 pm, every 15 minutes
9 pm - midnight every 20 minutes

Sunday, September 5:
8 am - 6 pm, every 15 minutes"
6 pm - midnight, every 20 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 6:
9:30 am - midnight, every 20 minutes

Circulators will not be running during this time period.

"MILK RUN" Information

The MN State Fair will hold the annual "Milk Run," sponsored by the Gopher Dairy Club, on Sunday, August 29, at 7:45 a.m. Short traffic delays may occur as the race winds through the St. Paul campus. If you have questions, please contact Theresa Weinfurtner at 651-288-4418 or


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