The 3 best days to attend the Minnesota State Fair

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The Minnesota State Fair is over 320 acres of food on-a-stick, animals and people watching. However, when there are nearly a quarter-million people walking around — or worse, huddled eating corn-on-the-cob — you could get a bit frazzled.

Historically, the State Fair sees its lowest attendance on days six and seven, which are the solo Tuesday and Wednesday dates during the Fair’s 12 day run. It’s considerably different. You can see previous State Fair attendance numbers here.

My other favorite day is Thrifty Thursday, which is always the first day of the State Fair. Everything is clean, people are happy, there are discounts on admission and there are typically less people who attend the first day, although it is higher than days 6 or 7.

So what dates should you avoid? The second Saturday, which is the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, is always the worst. In 2017, more than 260,000 people attended the Fair that day alone. That’s 150,000 more people than the first day of the State Fair in 2017.


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