Twelve days of nearly perfect weather helped the Minnesota State Fair set a new attendance record.
Fair officials said this morning that attendance totaled 1,790,497, breaking the 2001 record of 1,762,976. Of course, many, like me, showed up more than once. And everyone working at the Fair needed a ticket, too.
When it was obvious last week that attendance was very high, I asked some vendors and fairgoers whether all those people showing up had any money left to spend. Most said they’re sales were good, for sure better than last year.
Fair official Brienna Schutte noted then that “vendors are re-ordering product more than ever and we’re working with them to get wholesalers onto the fairgrounds to restock, so they have plenty of food/merchandise.”