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Final attendance for 2021 State Fair well below 2019 record

The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year’s comeback returned just as the delta variant was heating up.

MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: The video above first aired in September 6, 2021.

The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away.

The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year’s comeback returned just as the delta variant was heating up.

Rainy weather also held crowds down on some days. Final attendance was about 60 percent of 2019′s record attendance of 2.1 million.