State Fair: Total Attendance Down, 3 Record Days

Attendance during the 12-day event was down slightly over last year, but three days topped previous records.

The 2010 Minnesota State Fair boasted three days of record attendance-but the total number of people who walked through the turnstiles during the 12-day event didn't top last year's record-breaker.

Between August 26 and September 6, 1,776,211 people attended the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”-down slightly (0.8 percent) from the all-time high of 1,790,497 in 2009.

But the last Saturday of the fair-September 4-attracted 234,384 people. That's the highest number of attendees on any single day in the fair's history.

The first two days of the fair-August 26 and 27-broke previous attendance records for those same days in years past. A total of 119,145 and 132,738 people visited the fair on those days in 2010, respectively.

The Minnesota State Fair, which dates back to 1859, is one of the largest state fairs in the country. Since 1885, the fair has been held in its current St. Paul location, which spans 320 acres.