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2018 STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE

Thursday, Aug. 23: 122,695, which set a record for first-day attendance. That compares with 117,877 on the first day last year and 111,902 in 2016. The previous record for first-day attendance was 119,145 in 2010.

Friday, Aug. 24: 108,059. Last year's second-day attendance was 125,324. In 2016, a crowd of 141,023 set the record for second-day attendance. Friday's rainy weather probably played a role in this year's attendance dip.

Saturday, Aug. 25: 222,194, which set a record for third-day attendance. That compares with 158,525 last year and 180,567 in 2016. The previous record was set in 1998, with 202,126 people at the fair.

Sunday, Aug. 26: 184,716. Last year's fourth-day attendance was 197,891, and 177,906 attended in 2016.

Monday, Aug. 27: 124,438, compared with 144,504 last year — a record-setting day — and 119,522 in 2016.

Tuesday, Aug. 28: 120,209 on a rainy day, compared with 132,120 last year and 126,354 in 2016.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: 144,940, a record for the fair's Day 7. Last year, 119,975 attended; in 2016, the crowd numbered 118,042. The previous record was 128,966 in 2006.

Thursday, Aug. 30: 156,764, a record for the fair's eighth day. Last year, 145,549 attended; in 2016, the crowd numbered 133,773. The previous record was 155,183 in 1995.

Friday, Aug. 31: 179,402, compared with 187,066 in 2017 and 182,926 in 2016. Attendance in 2017 set the record for Day 9.

Saturday, Sept. 1: 270,426, compared with 254,431 in 2017 and 260,374 in 2016, the previous record for Day 10.

Sunday, Sept. 2: 241,102, falling just short of the record for Day 11 — 242,759 — set in 2017. The 2016 fair saw 233,303 on this date.

Source: Minnesota State Fair