Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.

We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
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Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

September 5, 2019
When the cold winds and dull tones of winter have set in, Minnesotans can look back at the colorful, flavorful height of summer, captured on Instagram at #stfair19 in shades of cotton-candy pink, Sky-Glider blue, mustard yellow and dairy calico.
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery

Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

September 4, 2019
She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
Dede Hard pumped her fist as her kitchen staff in the 4-H Building banged pots and pans announcing the last meal served at the 2019 State Fair.
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After decades feeding 4-Hers at the fair, Dede Hard calls it a day

September 3, 2019
For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
The sun rose above the main gate on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2016, the year fair officials added bag checks at entrypoints.

Minnesota State Fair will add metal detectors at entrance gates this year

January 20
The fair said the change, part of $10 million in upgrades planned for this year, will help maintain a "safe and secure environment."
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Scene at the Fair: A new view through an old lens

August 23, 2019
Portraits of fairgoers and workers using 1800s technology; tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
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Scene at the Fair: Roller coaster of emotions

August 23, 2019
From the thrill of the rollercoasters to the agony of dropped cookies we witnessed the ups and downs of a day at the State Fair.
St. Paul

St. Paul City Council makes it a crime to sell parking permits

February 13
Permits are required on some city streets to help residents park near their homes. But some people have been selling their permits to make extra money, particularly during the State Fair.

Minnesota family sues State Fair over boy's E. coli illness

January 4
Lawsuit coincides with Health Department report recommending additional precautions at the Miracle of Birth exhibit.