The Mighty Midway lights up the sky at the Minnesota State Fair.

Hot weather did not deter people from turning out at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, besting last year’s attendance of 1,769,872 by 18,645 for a total of 1,788,517.

That’s less than 2,000 off the fair’s best-attended year ever, in 2009, when 1,790,497 passed through the gates on a paid admission, said GM Jerry Hammer.

The results surprised Hammer, who was hard-pressed to come up with a solid reaso...

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