2017 Minnesota State Fair sets attendance record

Published 10:38 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ST. PAUL — The just-concluded Minnesota State Fair has set an attendance record of nearly 2 million.

Fair officials announced Tuesday this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together drew a record total of 1,997,320 people over its 12-day run. That breaks the previous record of 1,943,719 set just last year.

The fair set three daily attendance records: on Aug. 28 with 144,504 visitors; Friday with 187,066 visitors; and Sunday with 242,759 visitors.

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Attendance on Labor Day, the last day of the fair, was 171,299.

The fair’s agricultural and creative competitions drew more than 35,000 entries this year. Competitors vied for a share of ribbons, trophies and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

The 2018 Minnesota State Fair will run Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3.