Fairgoers pose in front of one of Minnesota State Fair's entry archways.

Without last year’s 90-degree heat wave, the 2014 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul enjoyed a record-breaking attendance of 1,824,830, which translates to 93,668 more patrons and a 5.4-percent increase from last year’s 1,731,162. A number of factors played into the increase in attendance for the Aug. 21-Sept. 1 fair, which surpassed the previous record of 1,790,497 that was set in 2009, including tw...

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