Fair vendors tally up record weekend crowd minus 6 sweltering days

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 9:33 AM

But a flood of visitors the last few days helped cash registers rebound somewhat.

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rlundl02Sep. 3, 13 8:33 AM

Didn't go this year. The smoking thing, even though I don't smoke. We're taking in the RenFest this year. Maybe the atmosphere is a little more tolerant.

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cmssogSep. 3, 13 9:23 AM

We attended with two kids and after 3-4 hours, were down about $120 including admission, parking, food, etc. It just felt like everywhere we turned, $20 was gone. It's fun to say we went once, but this will be an every-5-years event for us.

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bigmarSep. 3, 1310:30 AM

Went on Sunday and was a bit shocked at the pricing and potions of some of the food. Prime rib sandwich 8.50 and all it was is one very fatty piece of meat on a bun with fries and small container of au jus, which was a rip off! Also 3 bucks to shoot 3 basketballs, 3 bucks to pick up a plastic duck out of a pool of water, 3 bucks to try and stand a coke bottle up, 3 bucks to knock down 3 blocks off a table were ALL rip offs. The giant slide is $2.50 for a five second ride another rip off. The fair has become a place where you better be prepared to spend, spend, spend. Not much to see or do for free that's for sure! A 5 dollar malt really? Cotton candy 4 bucks are you insane? Glad I ONLY go once every few years!

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davidjb99Sep. 3, 1310:46 AM

Yeah, I agree with the sentiments of many others. Cost-wise, it has become off-the-charts to spend a regular day at the fair. Years ago it used to be about the exhibits & the midway, and the food was just a side aspect. Now it's about gluttony with unhealthy foods on and on and on, & the State Fair even advertises it that way. You're getting gouged on most every food item. The fair isn't unique enough to go year after year. Maybe 1 year out of 5 is enough.

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StarquestSep. 3, 1311:44 AM

I'm quite surprised to see comments here acknowledging what us non-native Minnesotans have always known about the fair. The food is overpriced and laughably overrated. Ooh, I've gotta try the latest fried thing! Hey, did you hear they have fried ice cubes this time? Only $7.00! Gotta try those! Last year's big overhyped item was the walleye sandwich. They made a huge deal about it. Turns out it was a small piece of walleye (fried, of course) placed between two stale slices of Texas Toast. $8.50, please. Next!

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MongooseBSep. 3, 1312:48 PM

There's plenty free to do at the fair. It's just that if you're not into crafts or ag, it's boring.

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bigmarSep. 3, 13 1:13 PM

@ MongooseB - One can only look at so many chickens, roosters and pigs. Even the Ag aspect of the fair has diminished considerably. Who wants to look at some old outdated arts and crafts that you can find at practically any flea market? There was literally nothing there that hasnt been there 5 years ago that I saw anyways besides higher prices and less quantity.

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bmom0505Sep. 3, 13 2:56 PM

I would agree that the fair isn't cheap, but there's plenty to do for free - lots of attractions & music. My family enjoys walking through the barns, especially looking at all the different breeds of rabbits & chickens. We also like looking at the arts & crafts. So many beautiful quilts & other things! To keep costs down as much as possible, we buy discount admission tickets prior to opening day - that's $3 per ticket savings - and we usually share food. You can easily share a funnel cake or order of cheese curds with 3 or 4 people. That way everyone can have a taste! The fair isn't for everyone - don't go if you don't like it, but don't be a hater to those of us who do enjoy it.

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commonsens4uSep. 3, 13 3:30 PM

I go every 3 years to the Fair. And every time I go, it's the EXACT same as the last time I went. The food booths are in the exact same spots, the car dealers, politicians and radio stations are in the same spots. The rides and midway games are the same (just more expensive). And the barns are the same, just different names on the animals and participants. The fair is good about once every 3 years, you get your fill and are reminded of how it's really nothing special and a huge rip-off. But by year #3 I'm itching to go back again, thinking - hoping - that something will be different.

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davidjb99Sep. 3, 13 4:41 PM

CommonSense ... I'm with you. The smartest way to go is to have a hearty breakfast at one of those bigger breakfast spots (Breakfast calzone in the Food Bldg, for instance) ... and then take in the exhibit buildings and free events at the band shells. Hard to see MN as having a difficult time economically when record-setting crowds max out the fairgrounds, each probably spending $100 or more per visit.

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