Updated: 08/25/2014 4:42 PM
Created: 08/25/2014 7:37 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
Attendance is right on track with other years in the first four days of the Minnesota State Fair.
So far more than 555,000 people attended the Great Minnesota Get Together. Nearly twice as many people came to the fair Saturday compared to the first day. Attendance was up there Sunday as well with 164,192 people packing the fairgrounds. That's compared to around 145,000 on the same day of the fair in 2013. Attendance this year has not broken any records so far.
State Patrol Day
Monday is “Seniors, Kids and Minnesota State Patrol Day” at the state fair. Attendees can check out some vintage squad cars and other specialty vehicles. There will also be K-9 demonstrations every half hour, and a State Patrol helicopter is scheduled to take off from the booth.
A staple at the Minnesota State Fair is celebrating 50 years. It’s been gliding people above the fairgrounds for decades. Some simply like the ride for transportation, while others love it for the view. Owner Don McClure says it’s best to ride the Skyride eastbound in the evening during the fireworks show. The Skyride was made specifically for the Minnesota State Fair. It was built in 1965 in Switzerland, then shipped to Duluth before making it to the state fairgrounds.
Some of the most popular bands and performers of the 60s and 70s will take the stage Monday to perform some of their greatest hits.
The “Happy Together” tour is at the Grandstand, starring the Turtles.
The show also features Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.
Getting to the Fair
New this year, the renovated Gate 16 will serve as a grand entrance to the fairgrounds. A projected one-third of the crowd is expected to enter and exit through that gate, which is also right next to the new transit hub.
The transit hub will be the designated drop-off and pick-up zone for anyone taking Metro Transit or the park-and-ride system.
"The idea of this is to relieve bottleneck," Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said.
Hammer hopes the renovations and the addition of the Green Line light rail will ease congestion along Como Avenue on the south side of the fairgrounds. In the past, buses shared that space with cars, pedestrians and livestock trailers.
Hammer expects the horseshoe-shaped transit hub to reduce the number of buses turning across busy intersections and crosswalks.
KSTP at the Fair
You can find KSTP near the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue, just south of the Grandstand. We’ll be on air throughout the fair.
The Minnesota State Fair runs through Labor Day, the tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds.