Fair attendance picks up as weather cools off

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  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 5:22 PM

Minnesota State Fair attendance appeared to rebound a bit Friday after a sweltering heat wave this week crimped turnout to the 12-day fair.

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DmcartyAug. 31, 13 3:55 PM

Lets look at another reason why attendance was/is down. It is the most boring 12 days of summer. You used to be able to see many many breeds of horses, or goats, or sheep or chickens or rabbits. Now the animals come in for their one day and are gone - the horse barn is/was virtually empty. Tried and true much loved dining halls - go the way of fast food trailers forcing you to walk and eat rather than visit with friends. International bazaar has the same stuff every single year and it is all for sale everywhere else too. It was and is the most boring time I've ever experienced and expect it will be the last time I'll go. Seems like a lot to pay to buy a bucket of cookies and bacon on a stick. No benches no shade no misters limited water fountains.

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tituspulloAug. 31, 13 4:48 PM

Dmcarty, that's true of any state of county fair. The heat was bad, but the high dewpoint made it a lot worse out there this year. I have no doubt that the the remaining days will be just fine.

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reader2580Aug. 31, 13 5:49 PM

I'll bet attendance soars for the last two days proving all the negative folks wrong who think high prices and other issues are keeping people away. If my math is correct attendance is only down 60,000 through Friday. I heard the State Fair sold a record number of advance tickets.

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swmnguyAug. 31, 13 7:28 PM

Maybe it was all the Minneapolis school kids going on Friday? My daughter went with her pals. They go to Sanford Middle School, which doesn't have air conditioning, so they got Thursday and Friday off. They sweltered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but after the District got plastered with complaints by affluent Southwest Minneapolis parents those three days, school was cancelled for the non-air-conditioned sites Thursday and Friday. That virtually guaranteed what happened next; Thursday was cooler, and on Friday, my wife who works at Burroughs and my son who goes to South had to wear sweatshirts as the AC, combined with cooler weather, made in unbearably cold in those buildings.

So, having gotten a 5day weekend out of it, my daughter will be back in school the day after Labor Day, as Providence intended. My wife and son are out of luck, though. And I, being self-employed, never get a day off anyway, so it's no matter to me.

I'm just glad the Fair vendors are getting some revenue.

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