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Minnesota State Fair Sets 1-Day Attendance Record Saturday

Updated: 09/01/2014 7:09 AM
Created: 08/31/2014 12:36 PM KSTP.com
By: Scott Theisen

It’s the final weekend to check out the Minnesota State Fair! Sunday is Day 11, so now there are less than two full days to enjoy your favorite fair foods and exhibits.

State fair officials say 252,092 people visited the Great Minnesota Get-Together on Saturday, setting the all-time record for the highest attended single day in the fair's history. As of Saturday, people visited the fairgrounds 1,467,941 this year.

The only other record-breaking day so far this year was Tuesday when 133,595 people walked through the gates. It broke the 2009 attendance record of 129,423. See more attendance numbers here.

State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer says everyone, including the people who run the Fair were stunned to see the final tally for Saturday's turn out. Hammer credits new features like the West End Market but acknowledges Minnesota-nice plays a part.

"The people are polite, they get out of the way of each other, they say excuse me. They watch out if you're taking a picture, they get out of the way. There is something very special about this part of the country," he said.

Monday will be your last chance to get out to the fair.

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.

See transportation options here.

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.

Photo: KSTP/File

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