FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — For the second straight year, foot traffic at the Minnesota State Fair took a slide, but not as significantly as the dip between 2009 and 2010.

The final tally of 2011 attendance at the State Fair claims 1,769,872 passed through the gates. That marks a roughly 6,339-person dip from the 2010 total of 1,776,211.

The 2010 dip from the previous year was 14,286, but 2009’s tally of 1,790,497 set a new record for attendance at the State Fair.

There was one new single-day record set in 2011. The 229,943 people who visited on Sunday, Sept. 4 marks the most that have ever attended the fair on its 11th day.

But the overall single-day record currently belongs to the 10th day, which saw 234,384 people in 2010.

Comments (6)
  1. DLQ says:

    Well DUH higher prices, more and more corporate stands and less disposable income due to increased unemployment and pay cuts of J Q Public. Not to mention the weather, gas prices etc.

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      I doubt those were reasons…

  2. falcon says:

    Those could be some of the reasons but don’t forget that more schools were already in session so that meant that the kids and their parents weren’t attending as much and also all of the teachers at those schools.

  3. Dave's Not Here says:

    Additionally, I know many people who typically go to the fair several times while it’s going on.

    If only a small percentage of those folks decided to go once instead of twice or three times, that would easily cover the 6,000 person variance that was reported.

  4. Saint Paul Mom says:

    Schools have been starting earlier and earlier. We only had 5 days to get to the fair before the start of the school year this year, compared to other years when we didn’t have to worry about school starting until after the fair.

    I normally go several times, but did not go this year because of the high admission cost.

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