It’s official: more visitors flooded into the Minnesota State Fair’s grounds in 2018 than any other year in its 159-year history.
In fact, for the first time ever, more than 2 million people made the trek to St. Paul to join in on the festivities. Along the way, five single-day attendance records were set, as well as the all-time record for number of visitors in a single day.
Saturday, September 1 drew in a whopping 270,426 people — the best-ever crowd, topping 2016’s second Saturday that had over 260,000 attendees.
Buoyed by attendance records on Thursday, August 23 (122,695 visitors); Saturday, August 25 (222,194 visitors); Wednesday, August 29 (144,940 visitors); and Thursday, August 30 (156,764 visitors), the Minnesota State Fair pulled in a total of 2,046,533 visitors over its 12-day stretch.
Last year the fair missed the 2 million visitor mark by less than 3,000 visitors.
With this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together in the rearview, here are some takeaways to hold you over until 2019:
Next year’s Minnesota State Fair is scheduled to run from August 22 through Labor Day, September 2.