Created: 08/30/2014 3:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews
It’s the final weekend to check out the Minnesota State Fair! Saturday is Day 10, meaning there are only a couple days left to enjoy your favorite fair foods and exhibits.
As of Friday, 1,215,849 people have visited the fairgrounds. That’s ahead of last year’s attendance at the same point. In 2013, 1,134,488 people had attended the fair by the ninth day. There has only been one record-breaking day so far this year for attendance, and that was Tuesday when 133,595 people walked through the gates. It broke the 2009 attendance record of 129,423.
Saturday is FFA Day at the fair. You can visit the barns and animal competition areas to see FFA livestock judging and programs.
Meet a Fort Hood Shooting Survivor
You can meet a Minnesotan who is a survivor in every sense of the word.
U.S. Army Sergeant Patrick Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head, during the shootings at Fort Hood in 2009.
He spent 800 days in the hospital recovering but now lives independently with his family in Rochester, Minnesota.
Sergeant Zeigler will share his experiences Friday through Labor Day at the Mayo Clinic Mobile Museum. It's part of the clinic's 150th anniversary.
Getting to the Fair
New this year, the renovated Gate 16 is serving 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.