2012 State Fair Attendance Up 1%, Falls Short of Record

2012 State Fair Attendance Up 1%, Falls Short of Record

The fair attracted 1,788,512 people this year—up 1 percent from last year’s attendance and narrowly missing the all-time record set in 2009.

The 2012 Minnesota State Fair boasted higher attendance than last year but didn’t break a single record.
 
Between August 23 and September 3, 1,788,512 people attended the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”—just 1,985 people short of the all-time high of 1,790,497 in 2009. Attendance was up slightly (1.05 percent) compared to last year.
 
The 2012 fair had the highest attendance since 2009 and the second-highest overall, but it didn’t break a single one-day attendance record.
 
Meanwhile, fairgoers were able to cast their votes for the first-ever People’s Choice Awards at this year’s fair. More than 1,100 people voted, and the winners in each category are:
 

  • Best food or beverage: Turkey To Go, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
  • Best food or beverage value: All-you-can-drink milk offered by the Midwest Dairy Association
  • Best customer experience at a food or beverage vendor: Giggles’ Campfire Grill
  • Best non-food product or service: Giant Slide
  • Best non-food product or service value: ZRS Fossils and Gifts
  • Best customer experience at a non-food vendor: Fair Do’s

 
Vendors offered 40 new food offerings this year, including fried lamb testicles and bacon ice cream. Musical performances included Alan Jackson, Kiss, and Motley Crue.

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