This year's State Fair could break all-time attendance record

It could be the second year in a row the record is smashed.
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As we enter the final day of the Minnesota State Fair, 2019 is on its way to becoming another record year.

As things stood as of Saturday, there had been 1,696,568 visitors to this year's State Fair.

That means that just 349,966 visitors over the past two days of the fair, Sunday and Labor Day, will see this year break the all-time record of 2,046,533 that was sent last year.

Considering Sunday stayed mostly dry and the weather on Monday will be sunny most of the day, it's almost certain that the record will be broken.

That's because last year, the final two days saw 412,690 visitors to the State Fair. Anything close to that will be easily enough to break the record.

Should a record be broken, it will have been aided by a kind stretch of late summer weather.

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Remarkably, the mercury hasn't gone above 80 on a single day during this year's State Fair, but only one day was considered a washout (Monday, Aug. 26), while every other day has been sunny and warm, albeit occasionally blustery.

As of Saturday, there had been four daily attendance records set, the first two days of the fair, the first Tuesday, and the second Friday.

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