Updated: 09/01/2014 11:21 AM
Created: 09/01/2014 7:11 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
The Minnesota State Fair is coming to an end this Labor Day, and it’s been quite the busy 12 days.
Rain or shine, people still came out to the Great Minnesota Get-Together – so many people, in fact, that this year is on track to set an all-time high attendance record.
On Saturday, more than 252,000 people showed up, which is the largest Minnesota State Fair crowd ever recorded in a single day. Saturday’s numbers brought the grand total of visitors to more than 1.46 million this year.
Minnesota 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.
State fair organizers credit new features like the West End Market and the Transit Hub for the high attendance numbers.
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.
The last night at the Grandstand will feature rock-and-roll classics. Journey will close out the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will kick off the show at 7 p.m.
The show is sold out.
Getting to the Fair
New this year, the renovated Gate 16 is serving as a grand entrance to the fairgrounds. A projected 1/3 of the crowd is expected to enter and exit through that gate, which is right next to the new transit hub.
The transit hub has been the designated drop-off and pick-up zone for anyone taking Metro Transit or the park-and-ride system. It aims to ease congestion – despite the crowds.
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.