2 record-setting days at end fail to lift State Fair attendance to 2012 level

  • Article by: STAFF REPORT
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 5:11 PM

The Minnesota State Fair began winding down its 2013 run on Sunday with cool temperatures providing pleasant relief. While Will Bollum of Northfield, led his Limosin heifer, Zarah, to the judging barn, Christian Netzke of Lamberton touched her up with some black spray dye.

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On its 12th and final day — a cool, dry, glorious day — the Minnesota State Fair welcomed a record crowd for the second day in a row, the fair reported Tuesday.

164,277 people came to the fair Monday, a record for 12th-day attendance. On Sunday, also a cool day, 236,197 came through the fair gates, setting a record not just for 11th-day attendance, but for single-day attendance throughout the fair’s history.

The weekend’s really big crowds followed a midweek slump attributed to very hot, humid weather. Total attendance for this year was 1,731,162, fair officials said. That’s slightly less than last year’s total, 1,788,512. The all-time record for total fair attendance was set in 2009, when 1,790,497 people came through the gates.

The fair’s attendance numbers day by day:

• Thursday, Aug. 22: 106,852, compared to 103,738 last year. (The record was 119,145, set in 2010.)

• Friday, Aug. 23: 121,941, compared to 117,040 last year. (The record was 132,738, set in 2010.)

• Saturday, Aug. 24: 170,986, compared to 152,646 last year. (The record was 202,126, set in 1998.)

• Sunday, Aug. 25: 145,706, compared to 185,485 last year. (The record was 209,969, set in 1994.)

• Monday, Aug. 26: 102,935, compared to 133,781 last year. (The record was 143,998, set in 1994.)

• Tuesday, Aug. 27: 94,076, compared to 121,097 last year. (The record was 129,423, set in 2009.)

• Wednesday, Aug. 28: 116,348, compared to 118,193 last year. (The record was 128,966, set in 2006.)

• Thursday, Aug. 29: 117,480, compared to 101,379 last year. (The record was 155,183, set in 1995.)

• Friday, Aug. 30: 158,164, compared to 164,694 last year. (The record was 179,052, set in 2003.)

• Saturday, Aug. 31: 196,200, compared to 226,863 last year. (The record was 234,384, set in 2010.)

• Sunday, Sept. 1: 236,197 — an all-time single-day record. 210,836 people attended the fair on its last Sunday in 2012.

• Monday, Sept. 2: 164,277 — a record for last-day attendance. 152,760 people attended the fair on Labor Day 2012.

• Total attendance; 1,731,162 this year, compared to 1,788,512 last year. The all-time record for total fair attendance was 2009’s 1,790,497.

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