State Fair officials are urging fairgoers to get their COVID vaccinations and mask up when appropriate. For visitors who don’t want to deal with the crowds, fair General Manager Jerry Hammer says:

“For me, if I wasn’t here anyway, I’d come to the fair Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, they are far less busy than weekend days.”

Hammer says a new online tool called the “Gopher Gauge” features the fair mascot, Fairchild and will let potential visitors who wish to avoid the bigger crowds know how busy it is on certain times and days.