Neither rain nor heat nor humidity could stop Minnesotans and guests of the Land of 10,000 Lakes from hitting the Minnesota State Fair in record numbers.
Labor Day's attendance of 171,588 pushed this year's total attendance over 2 million for the first time in the fair's history.
The final tally: 2,046,533 Pronto Pup-craving, cheese curd-devouring, corn on the cob-typewriter-style-eating fair junkies.
Think about that for a second... ticket prices ranged from $14 for ages 13-64, $12 for anyone 65 or older, and $11 for tickets purchased during the pre-sale. Knowing that, let's ballpark it and say the average ticket price was $12.
Do the math: $12 multiplied by 2,046,533 gives us a grand total of $24,558,396.
In other words, the State Fair's 2018 ticket revenue is almost as much as Kirk Cousins will make each year for the next three years with the Minnesota Vikings ($28 million).
Sadly, Cousins never did get around to going to the fair because he tried to be a hero and drive and park on his own. The last time anyone tried something heroic in this state it backfired badly, just ask Case Keenum ... he's somewhere in Denver.
Anyway, the Great Minnesota Get-Together set five daily attendance records:
- Thursday, Aug. 23, with 122,695 visitors
- Saturday, Aug. 25, with 222,194 visitors
- Wednesday, Aug. 29, with 144,940 visitors
- Thursday, Aug. 30, with 156,764 visitors
- Saturday, Sept. 1, with 270,426 visitors
The 2019 Minnesota State Fair begins Aug. 22 and runs through Sep. 2.