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2021 Minnesota State Fair passes half a million guests in 5 days

This comes after Monday's attendance total wasn't far off from the 2019 number.
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The Minnesota State Fair reported attendance of 91,568 for Monday, pushing it past the half-million mark for 2021.

The daily figure is just a few thousand people off the 2019 attendance of 96,716 for the first Monday of the fair. It's well behind 2018 (124,438) however, and more than 50,000 short of the all-time daily record for that day (144,504, set in 2017).

Through five days, Great Minnesota Get-Together attendance is now at 510,188, pushing the fair — which, in addition to the ongoing pandemic, dealt with poor weather over its first three days — over the half-million mark.

Related: Hundreds have gotten the COVID vaccine — and $100 — at MN State Fair

Attendance still lags overall compared to recent years.

So far, the number of fairgoers is about 67% of the average five-day attendance total for 2016-19. In these four most recent years, total attendance hovered around the 750,000 mark from opening day through the first Monday.

Crowds typically peak during the State Fair's final weekend. The all-time, single-day attendance record of 270,426 was set during the last Saturday of the 2018 fair.

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