(St. Paul, MN)  —  Minnesota State Fair officials say attendance at the statewide event is picking up after a slow start.  The hesitancy during the opening weekend is attributed to harsh weather and concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.  Attendance improved Monday with over 91 thousand attendees, which is five thousand short of 2019’s figure for the same day.  Spokesperson Danielle Dullinger says finances will remain tight for the fair, which took a 16 million dollar hit last year when the event was canceled due to the pandemic.