Updated: Aug. 22, 2018| Posted: Aug. 23, 2017
On average, the first Thursday — typically the first day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together — draws about 107,482 people, the "lowest" number of daily visitors during the fair's 12-day run, according to attendance figures from the past six years.
Compare that to 233,514: the highest number of daily visitors, on average, for the last Saturday of the fair. In 2016, the fair even set a new attendance record, with 260,374 on its last Saturday.
Now wait a sec, you say. What if I can't go to the fair on the first day because I have to work?
Your next-best bet is to plan ahead and take a personal day on either Tuesday or Wednesday. On average, each of those days draws around 118,000 and 116,000 visitors respectively.
State Fair attendance, 2012-2017
Daily attendance figures for the Minnesota State Fair from 2012 to 2017. Source: Minnesota State Fair. Nancy Yang | MPR News