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Aug 16, 6:58 PM EDT

Oregon State Fair changes price structure


SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Price changes are in store when the Oregon State Fair opens the gates Friday.

Some prices are up, others are down.

Parking won't be free anymore; it'll now cost $5 to stow a vehicle, the Statesman Journal reported ( http://stjr.nl/1rG5FqR ). But ticket prices are dropping, from $11 per person to $8. Fairgoers who plan ahead can get an additional $2 off by buying their tickets in advance, and there are other ways to snag discounts. There will also be free seats available for the fair's concerts and live performances.

Amber Lindsey, a spokeswoman for the fair, said there is limited free seating for all of the rock, country and comedy performances at the L.B. Day Amphitheatre, and there is one faith-based act for families with free limited seating as well.

The fair begins on Friday and ends Sept. 1.

The changes follow a decision by the state Legislature to create a public corporation to manage the fair. It was previously a money-losing part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Businesses were offering discounts while supplies last. Participating Safeway grocery stores have fair tickets for $5 each, but only until Thursday, and Northwest Chevy dealers are offering free parking vouchers.

"You don't have to test-drive a Chevy or expect a sales pitch," said Lindsey, the fair spokeswoman.

The Salem-Keizer Transit District will be shuttling people to the fair for free throughout its 11-day run, even on weekends and Labor Day, when it offers no regular service.

On opening day and regular weekdays, buses will ferry people to the fairgrounds every 30 minutes from the Marion Parkade downtown, from the downtown Transit Center, and from the corner of Capitol and Marion streets NE. On the weekends, the buses will leave every 15 minutes.

The shuttles will return riders to the same stops, running from 8:45 a.m. on opening day and 9:15 a.m. for the remainder of the fair.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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