Record-breaking crowd, the biggest ever, at State Fair Saturday


Many people who went to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday said it was the most crowded they'd ever seen it. Turns out they were right. Fair officials said Saturday's attendance of 252,092 people was the biggest crowd ever on a single day in State Fair history. The old record of 236,197 was set just last year, on the last Sunday of the fair.

It sure looked like a record crowd. Here are some photos sent to us by Facebook users, some of whom said it was unbearable, while others said they had a great time.

Jason McCarty sent this photo, saying it took him an hour and a half to get to the fairgrounds because of the traffic.

Diane Drier took this photo from the Skyride. She said it was the only place where she could escape the throngs of people.

A lot of people shared photos of the crowds of people waiting to buy Sweet Martha's Cookies. Sadly, some of them left the fair without those cookies because they didn't want to wait that long.

It's quite likely the fair will set a new attendance record for the entire 12-day stretch. The record number is 1,790,497, which was set in 2009.

So far this year through Saturday, attendance was 1,467,941. That means about 323,000 people need to go to the fair on Sunday and Monday to set a new record. It's possible the crowd will top 1.8 million for the first time in its history, KARE 11 reports.

Tuesday’s attendance of 133,595 broke the record for Day 6 of the fair.

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State Fair nearly breaks attendance record despite weekend drama

Reports of injury and assault at the Minnesota State Fair during its final weekend didn't hinder attendance numbers. The fair reports an increase of about 20,000 fairgoers compared to last year. More than 1.78 million trekked to the Great Minnesota Get-Together – the second all-time highest attendance and just short of an all-time record in 2009.