The brutally hot weather continues to drive down attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.
Just over 94,000 people passed through the fair gates Tuesday - down more than 20 percent from the same day last year. Overall attendance the past three days is down by nearly 100,000 visitors— a 22 percent drop — compared to the same period last year.
The fair started strong. The first three days brought in 26,000 more visitors than the same period last year. Fair attendance started dropping on Sunday, the first day excessive heat blanketed the region.
Sunday through Tuesday 155 patients were treated for heat-related illnesses at the fair. Nine were transported to hospitals for further treatment.
This chart shows attendance over the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, ending on Labor Day. The columns represent the standing record for that day of the fair period, and indicate the year the record was set. The curve lines show the attendance through the fair period since 2011.
SOURCE: Minnesota State Fair