Rain kept the Minnesota State Fair goers away on Friday

A heavy morning downpour dampened spirits.
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Heavy rain on Friday dissuaded Minnesotans from hitting the State Fair, with attendance sharply dipping compared to a record day Thursday.

The fair saw 108,059 people enter through the gates on Friday, a significant drop on the 125,324 on the first Friday last year.

The record for the first Friday was in 2016, when 141,023 went to the fair.

The Twin Cities was hit by two waves of storms on Friday, with heavy downpours moving across the metro area particularly in the morning.

It came after a sunny Thursday, which saw 122,695 people go to the fair, the highest ever amount for the first day.

The weather was much better on Saturday, staying cool and cloudy in the morning before the sun came out in the early afternoon.

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The record attendance for the first Saturday of the fair was set in 1998, when 202,126 attended.

Last year, 158,525 people went on the first Saturday.

The weather for Sunday is looking a little dicey too, with isolated thunderstorms possible on Sunday morning and early afternoon.

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