Minnesota State Fair ends with overall attendance record in sight, 2 single-day records

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Minnesota State Fair has finished with an all-time attendance record within reach.

Officials will weigh fairgoers' tickets on Tuesday to determine the total attendance for the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together. Crowds totaled around 1.67 million through Sunday. That's just 125,000 short of the 1.79 million overall record from 2009.

Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says the final fair day usually draws 125,000 to 150,000 people. About 164,000 attended Day 12 last year.

The fair set at least two one-day attendance records on Tuesday and Saturday.

Schuette says a new total record is very feasible, especially due to mild weather on Monday. She says a new transit hub and dining and entertainment complex might have contributed to higher visitor numbers.

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