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Going up: Iowa State Fair admission ticket prices

Cost at gate increases from $12 last year to $14 in 2020

Visitors trek through the Iowa State Fair during rainy conditions Aug. 12, 2019, in Des Moines. The cost of tickets at t
Visitors trek through the Iowa State Fair during rainy conditions Aug. 12, 2019, in Des Moines. The cost of tickets at the gate is increasing this year. The price of admission will be $14, up from $12 the past several years. (Salwan Georges/Washington Post)

DES MOINES — It will cost you more to attend the Iowa State Fair this year.

Gate prices for adults will rise to $14 from $12 last year, and tickets for children ages 6 to 11 will increase to $8 from $6, the fair announced Wednesday. Advance purchase prices are going up a dollar: to $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 5 and under still will get in free.

Building and security improvements, roads and entertainment are driving the increases, said the fair’s marketing director, Mindy Williamson.

There will be ticket discounts on some days for certain groups, including veterans on Aug. 17 and Older Iowans Day on Aug. 19.

The fair runs Aug. 13-23 this year.

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