Milder weather helps State Fair break Sunday attendance record

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After a five-day stretch of miserable heat last week, the Minnesota State Fair bounced back strong Sunday with record-breaking attendance, KSTP reports.

The fair's website said Monday that 236,197 people attended the Great Minnesota Get-Together Sunday, besting the previous record 229,000 for the final Sunday of the fair in 2011.

More than 210,000 people attended the final Sunday last year.

Temperatures were in the low 80s on Sunday, much milder than temps most of last week.

After a huge downturn in attendance because of dangerous heat advisories across the state last week, the State Fair's attendance was clearly up on Sunday.

Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schutte told KARE 11  that she expected the attendance to "be over 200,000."

"I was on the grounds in the morning and have never seen it that busy," Schutte says.

Temperatures were in the low 80s on Sunday, much milder than temps most of last week.

KSTP reports that Labor Day attendance will need to reach about the same level in order to match last year's 12-day attendance record. The station estimated that a combined total of 450,000 people needed to attend the fair Sunday and Monday to equal the 2012 mark.

The weather at least looks favorable for big attendance Monday. Fox 9 reports that highs are expected in low to mid-70s with sunny skies in the afternoon with light winds.

Attendance took a huge hit Sunday through Wednesday, when blazing temps in the 90s rolled in. Only 94,000 people attended the fair Tuesday, down from 121,000 people the same day in 2012.

Numbers began to improve on Thursday when 117,000 people attended, besting the numbers on the same day from last year.

Despite the upswing, fair officials estimate that attendance is 400,000 off the pace from last year, KARE reports. Still, it's likely that attendance will be in all-time Top 10.

See KARE's report on the State Fair's attendance Sunday below.

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