Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.

We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
Six of the 12 dates during the 2019 Minnesota State Fair set set one-day marks.

State Fair sets attendance record with 2.1 million fairgoers

September 3
The final attendance tally for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair of 2,126,551 tops the previous mark of 2,046,533 just last year.
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Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

September 5
When the cold winds and dull tones of winter have set in, Minnesotans can look back at the colorful, flavorful height of summer, captured on Instagram at #stfair19 in shades of cotton-candy pink, Sky-Glider blue, mustard yellow and dairy calico.
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery

Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

September 4
She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
Dede Hard pumped her fist as her kitchen staff in the 4-H Building banged pots and pans announcing the last meal served at the 2019 State Fair.
East Metro

After decades feeding 4-Hers at the fair, Dede Hard calls it a day

September 3
For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
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Scene at the Fair: A new view through an old lens

August 23
Portraits of fairgoers and workers using 1800s technology; tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
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Scene at the Fair: Roller coaster of emotions

August 23
From the thrill of the rollercoasters to the agony of dropped cookies we witnessed the ups and downs of a day at the State Fair.

E. coli outbreak linked to State Fair animal birth exhibit

September 17
Minnesota officials have recorded 11 cases so far, including six who were hospitalized. Those infected range in age from 2 to 43.
St. Paul

Gang violence marred final hours of Minnesota State Fair

September 7
With residents alarmed over gang violence outside gate, officials stress the event's safety.