Fair brings more than 2 million to Falcon Heights


The 2018 Minnesota State Fair broke numerous attendance records, including for a single day and the fair’s overall run. file photo

Abby King. photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair, in recent years, has had a habit of breaking its own attendance records, and 2018 was no exception.

This year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together saw the fair’s highest attendance ever, with just more than 2 million people converging on Falcon Heights for the 12-day event, as announced by a Sept. 4 Minnesota State Fair press release.

To be exact, 2,046,533 people came out for this year’s celebration, eclipsing last year’s fair, which set the previous record of 1,997,320 persons. As a point of reference, Falcon Heights’ non-fair-time population is about 5,500 people.

A work week’s worth of days set their own attendance records, with Saturday, Sept. 1, being the most-attended Minnesota State Fair day ever, with 270,426 visitors, not that far off St. Paul’s population of around 300,000.

Beyond the people, the fair added to the state’s animal population from within. The CHS Miracle of Birth Center saw the arrival of 217 newborn animals, including 157 piglets, 42 lambs, 12 calves and six kids — as in baby goats — according to the fair.

As for the many awards to be won at each Minnesota State Fair, the north suburbs’ sole standout was Mounds View’s Abby King, who won second place in the Teen Division of the 46th Annual MSF Amateur Talent Contest Finals. King performed a dance solo titled “Waves.”

Though 2018’s fair wrapped up on Labor Day, Sept. 3, those already craving Pronto Pups and other fair foods can mark their calendars for next year’s event. The 2019 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 2.

In the more near future, the fair is reportedly breaking ground on a $14 million revamp of the northwest corner of the fairgrounds next month. The work will include creation of a new performing arts space and new traveling exhibit hall.

The additions are planned to be ready in time for next year’s fair.

 

— Mike Munzenrider

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