Updated: 08/28/2013 7:46 AM
Created: 08/28/2013 7:14 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
It's the seventh day of the Minnesota State Fair, and it's another scorcher. Here are some highlights of Wednesday’s Great Minnesota Get-Together:
Read and Ride Day
Wednesday is “Read and Ride Day” at the Minnesota State Fair. You can get a discount on admission when you show your public library card. Adults get in for $10 and seniors and kids get in for $7.
For a list of other discount days, visit our Links page.
Internet Cat Video Festival
Cat lovers – this is an event at the Minnesota State Fair for you! Wednesday marks the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival.
It’s a compilation of some of the best cute cat videos from the web wrapped into one screening at the Grandstand.
Some celebrity cats will be on hand, including Grumpy Cat and Pudge from Minneapolis.
Excessive Heat at the Fair
The Minnesota State Fair says it is ready to provide help to anyone who becomes ill due to the heat wave gripping the state this week. However, doctors are asking people to do their part as well.
Fair officials and doctors are asking people to drink plenty of water before coming to the fair. The goal is to ensure people are well hydrated before ever stepping through fair gates.
From Thursday to Monday, 37 people have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses and 235 people have sought some sort of medical help at the fairgrounds.
The fair has opened several misting stations and more than 40 water fountains so people can refill plastic bottles. If you get sick and cannot make it to one of the two medical aid stations, call 911 for help.
Monday had the lowest attendance rate for Day 5 in 20 years, with about 103,000 people at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. That’s down from the 133,781 who attended the fifth day of the fair in 2012.
Spokesperson Brienna Schuette says the "heat is probably playing the biggest role in attendance," but adds it's too early to worry. Fair officials say they budget for a "good" year, not a "record" year. They believe the remaining days will be more than enough to make up the difference.
Click here for all attendance figures.
The Minnesota State Fair and its vendors are hoping to cash in big over the next two weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, gross sales 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.
2013 Competition Results
There are a number of competitions at the state fair where judges will look for the best livestock, plants, exhibits and foods. Click here for real-time results.
Much is the same at the fair from years past, but there are a few new attractions and new foods for you to check out this time around. The Minnesota State Fair announced the addition of more than 40 new foods to the line-up, bringing the total to more than 450 foods from 300 concessions.
Virtual Fair Tour
History meets high-tech in a new smartphone version of the Minnesota State Fair History Walking and Cell Phone Tour. In the tour, old photos, maps and text combine with audio of personal memories and narrated history. Access the new mobile website here.
You can take the free self-guided tour while walking around the fairgrounds, on your phone or on your computer. This year, two new tour stops were added about food at the fair and the history of the Department of Natural Resources Building and exhibits.
Find us at the Fair
You can find 5 Eyewitness News at the fair. We’re in the building at the corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street, which is our usual location. You can catch a front-row seat to our newscasts starting with our midday newscast.
The 2013 Minnesota State Fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2. For complete information, click here.