Updated: 08/28/2013 7:30 AM
Created: 08/27/2013 9:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Lower attendance at the Minnesota State Fair has food vendors cutting staffing levels.
We took a look at how the heat is affecting vendors' bottom-lines. At the fair Tuesday the temperature reached 96 degrees, and felt like it was 100.
Tuesday is historically a slower day at the fair, but it almost seemed a little eerie. The Midway is typically slammed with people, but that wasn’t the case.
When you have fewer people walking through the gates, you have fewer sales at just about every stand.
Comet Corn stand manager Burkeley Carter says he usually staffs around 20 workers at any given time, but Tuesday night there were just seven.
Dan Wozniak has been helping his dad with the family French fry business since he was 10-years-old. Typically, eight or nine windows at the red and yellow striped stand are open. On Tuesday there were just three.
“We’ve had to cut 25-35 percent of our staff, and our business is down about the same,” Wozniak said.
However, fair organizers remain optimistic with cooler temperatures on the way for Labor Day Weekend.
According to the Wall Street Journal, gross sales at the fair last year reached as high as $1.5 million for some vendors. In total throughout the fair, gross food and beverage sales jumped to nearly $35 million last year, up from $25 million in 2007.