News on a Stick: State Fair attendance comes up short of last year's record


A quick look at the final day of the Minnesota State Fair.

Photo of the day


Attendance numbers

How many people enjoyed the Minnesota State Fair this year? 1,779,738, the fair announced Tuesday afternoon.

That's a bit short of 2014, when the fair set an attendance record with 1,824,830 visitors through the gates – but still the fourth-highest total ever, according to State Fair records.

The 2015 edition did set one attendance record though – it's Labor Day attendance of 178,867 is the highest ever for the holiday finale.

Bonus tweet that sums up how we're all feeling

What others are saying

– Lots of people buying lots of food means lots of garbage. Here's KARE 11 with how workers get rid of it all.

– And how about all the leftover food? WCCO has that covered, explaining some people have to chuck their excess, while others are able to put it to another use.

– Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, both in their upper 70s, closed the Grandstand shows Monday night with a concert the Star Tribune called "the most meaningful, heartfelt and best country show" at the fair this year.

#mnstatefair chatter

Forward thinker

The 2016 Minnesota State Fair will run from Aug. 25 through Sept. 5.

Competition winners

On Tuesday, the State Fair also listed all the competition winners, from 4-Hers to the amateur talent show. Click here to see those.

The 4-H Purple Ribbon auction on Aug. 29 brought in $590,000 – a record. In addition, the agricultural and creative competitions drew more than 30,000 entries this year, with more than $1.3 million in prizes available.

The final daily food review

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