If you spent Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair, you had plenty of company.
The final day of the 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together broke attendance records, as 178,867 people turned out. The previous Labor Day record was 164,227, in 2013.
In all, 1,779,738 people visited the fair over its 12 days, the fourth-most ever — but not quite enough to break the record of 1.82 million visitors set last year.
This year’s run also saw the crowning of Kyla Mauk of Howard Lake as the 62nd consecutive Princess Kay of the Milky Way; more than 30,000 entries for agricultural and craft competitions; the debut of 40 new fair foods, including barbecue pickle ice cream; 96,847 fans in the seats for grandstand shows, and 190 newborn animals welcomed at the Miracle of Birth barn.