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Inevitably, Governor Perry insists that the indictment carries Political Significance and is probably some class of a "power grab" attempt by the Evil Empire Which has Tramped Underfoot the Sovereignty and Identity of Nations Galore, and Will Not Stop Until it has Sapped the Precious Bodily Fluids of Our National and Sovereign Identity By His Grace and Favour Alone, all that Elmer Gantryite pablum....

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And if it's anything to you, reader, the imminence of the Minnesota State Fair is a sure sign in these parts of the clear and present imminence of summer's about to come to an end, with the 2014-2015 school term not all that far behind. In fact,this year's edition of The Great Minnesota Get-Together will mark 75 years that the Fair began the tradition of ending their run on Labour Day, howbeit with a 10-day run.

As was explained in the Secretary's Report in the 1939 Annual Report of the Minnesota State Fair:
Pursuant to a new policy established by the Board, the Minnesota State Fair for the first time in its history was operated in 1939 as a ten-day exposition, opening on Saturday, August 26, and running through Monday, September 4, Labor Day.

As was anticipated, the new dates were enthusiastically accepted by exhibitors, concessionaires, and patrons alike, and were of especial advantage to parents and children because the schools of the State did not upen until after the Fair. In other words, the new dates opened up the educational opportunities of the Fair to a much greater number of the youth of Minnesota.

A study of the appended attendance tabulations indicates that one of the main objectives of the Board in deciding upon a longer Fair period was accomplished, in that peaks of attendance were reduced and a more equable daily average sustained throughout.

Generally, the weather was excellent, though rain fell on three days. The attendance, 706,619, set a new high. There is reason to believe it would have been even larger but for the disconcerting effect on the people occasioned by the unrest in Europe, with the threat of impending war, which was finally declared on September 1. To the press and the radio goes the deepfelt thanks of the State Fair management for tne splendid publicity given the exposition in face of war bulletins which necessarily dominated these publicity media both prior to and during the Fair.
The move to ending on Labour Day was further summarised thus in the Daily Resume entry for September 4, 1939 (which was Labour Day that year, know): "In the past, the crushing crowds and the congestion of automobiles on the Fair Grounds on Labor Day have oft-times made for discomfort and inconvenience for the patrons. One of the considerations the Board had in mind in lengthening the period of the Fair from eight days to ten was a view to having the attendance spread out more evenly over each of the days, in order to relieve these unwieldy peaks and thus make a visit to the Fair more pleasant for the public. The results bore out the logic of the change."

Not Only That: God willing, this will see the 60th consecutive edition of TGMnGT to see million-plus attendance run-of-fair, a streak going back to the 1955 Fair seeing 1,007,101 attendance. As the 1955 Annual Report explained:
When it became apparent that achievement of the million goal lay within the realm of possibility, the Board formulated a plan for choosing the symbolic representative of the one-millionth admission. And happily, as matters transpired, it became possible to put the plan into effect.

Accordingly, the evening of Monday, Labor Day, September 5, the Board members, together with newspaper, radio and television personnel, gathered at the arbitrarily designated Administration Gate—fifteen minutes notice having been given as to the particular gate. At that juncture, decision on the selection of an entering vehicle to be halted having been left to the news agencies representatives, and they having agreed among themselves that it would be the sixth one to enter from that moment, it thus came about that, at 7:06 P.M., Robert Karklin of 717 Portland Ave., St. Paul, was chosen the symbolic representative of the one-millionth admission to the Fair.

Mr. Karklin was introduced to the Grandstand audience, and, following the Fair, was given a wrist watch and a special silver trophy, both appropriately inscribed to perpetuate the distinction accorded him. Also engraved on the trophy was a replica of the one-millionth admission ticket.

Can this admissions record be met and bettered—in future years?

Probably yes. Possibly no.

Playing an important part in arriving at the 1955 record was the generally favorable weather throughout the ten days. It is salutary, however, to note that, even so, on three days the attendance figures nevertheless fell below those for the corresponding days of the preceding year: on Tuesday, by 4,894 on Wednesday, by 944; and on Labor Day, by 2,167.

Naturally, rain and other weather factors—excessive heat or cold for example—always loom as a direct threat to any event at which the patrons are required to be out of doors most of the time. And when unfavorable conditions arise, the gains of one year can be entirely wiped out the next. A dramatic instance of this situation is contained in the following quote from the report of then Secretary Raymond A. Lee on the Fair of 1940—
"For the ten-day period, 1,000,000 was the expected attendance; $100,000.00 the anticipated profit.

"But the rains came, and with them heavy winds and low temperatures. Not until the eighth day was there a cessation in what may be conservatively described as a deluge. On the eighth day the sun shone; the dove at length had found a place to rest his feet; and the remainder of the Fair period was ideal for the people who attended, to an average number of more than 100,000 on each of the last three days.

"Actually, the total attendance for the ten days was 666,720, the second largest of record."
Coming down to the present. In 1955 several of the major fairs of the nation suffered disastrous reverses from weather and other conditions over which they had no control: one preceded by a two-month statewide drought and excessively high temperatures; another coping with a polio epidemic coupled with unbearably high temperatures: another surrounded by a corn crop failure: another threatened by hurricane Ione; and still another washed out by rains every day of its run.

Similar misfortune has in one guise or another befallen the Minnesota State Fair. It can happen again.

And there is this point also to be borne in mind. On numerous occasions since the close of the Fair, it has come to our attention that the public appears to be laboring under the impression that because the 1955 Fair admissions rose above the million mark, the institution's cash reserve must have swollen tremendously. It does not seem to occur to the layman that actually the attendance figure exceeded by only some 60,000 that of 1954 and that, even had all of the increase been represented by adults (a portion of those admissions is of course accounted for by non-paying children), the additional revenue therefrom would have been only slightly in excess of $30,000.00.

Because of all these things, sound business judgment dictates that budgeting for the future must continue to be kept on the conservative side.

Moreover, all weather and other uncontrollable factors aside, it is axiomatic that, as it has done in the past, the management must unremittingly persevere in its policy of dedicating itself to improving further the educational divisions; to furnishing uniformly high quality, universal-appeal entertainment (the revenue from which defrays, in part at least, the cost of the educational divisions); and to maintaining the physical plant in top condition and expandng the facilities as the need arises.

That is to say: only by ever supplying the best in all respects in those particular vital services it fosters and promotes can the institution be confident of preserving the loyalty, the support and the co-operation it presently enjoys from all of Minnesota's people.

And a most telling point in connection with the over-a-million mark is the fact that, with 1955 Fair-time weather conditions in general bordering probably more nearly on the ideal than in any other year in the history of the Minnesota State Fair, the people turned out in numbers to reaffirm with utmost clarity the solidity of the exposition's position in the state and among the great agricultural and trade fairs of the nation—and the world.
And the Daily Resume item for Monday, September 5th (Labour Day in 1955, know) led off with news of the general anticipation that the Minnesota State Fair would see one million visitors:
Everywhere—on the Fair Grounds, in cities, towns and countryside all over the state—the preceding day had been fraught with ever mounting expectancy, which had risen at night to greater heights upon pronouncement of Sunday's final ticket count of 159,748, bringing the cumulative attendance up to 906,744, the highest ever for the first nine days. Now, this morning, with the realization that there stood only 93,256 admissions between that total and the attainment of an even million by the close of the Fair, tension continued to soar throughout the day until the late afternoon when it became known that the 5:00 o'clock stile reading had definitely indicated the passing of the million mark—which was the signal for unrestrained rejoicing and jubilation on the part of Fair officials, all publicity media and the entire citizenry of Minnesota.
Even the closing remarks of the Secretary's Report that year couldn't contain the enthusiasm of its having achieved one million visitors run-of-fair for the first time ever:
Since before the days of World War I it has been the dream of the founding fathers of the Fair that the day would come when they would achieve the mark of more than a million admissions. Nineteen fifty-five was the year of destiny.

The Board, the official staff, and the many thousands of volunteer workers who make the Minnesota State Fair the great representative state institution that it is accept the challenge of '55 and are even now laying plans to beat that record.

Coupled with these plans are the earnest prayers of all that the 1956 Fair may have the blessing of good weather, good crops, and good cheer amongst our people.

To every one who helped make 1955 an historic year, and to all those who are planning today to make the 1956 Fair excel in quality and service, the secretary gives his deep and heartfelt—

"Thanks a million."
So who's with me here? (Incidentally, the current run-of-fair attendance record is from 2009, when 1,790,497 persons passed through the gates, averaging 149,208 visitors per day of its 12-day run, the which has been the rule since 1974; an 11-day run prevailed in 1972 and 1973, with a 10-day run prevailing from 1939 until 1971, not including cancellations in 1945 mandated by the wartime Office of Defence Transportation and 1946 in the wake of a polio epidemic.)

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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