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South Carolina State and County Fairs

The South Carolina State Fair, County Fairs and Other Country Fairs

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South Carolina State and County Fairs
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the South Carolina State Fair

South Carolina State Fair

2013 Fair Dates:
October 9 - 20, 2013

South Carolina State Fair Location:
Fairgrounds
1200 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, South Carolina


About the South Carolina State Fair:

The South Carolina State Fair, attracting over 600,000 annual visitors, is the largest event in the State of South Carolina. A fun, family-oriented event, the South Carolina State Fair promotes the material, educational, agricultural and industrial interests of the state and has been recognized as one of the top 50 fairs in the United States and a Top 20 Event in the Southeast.

Exhibits include livestock and agriculture, flowers, baked and canned goods, needlework and quilting, fine art and more, as well as commerce, education and history exhibits. Grandstand entertainment features world class performers as well as local entertainment and school performances. Midway rides and carnival games add to the fun.

Established and operated by the South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical Society, the first South Carolina State Fair was held in 1869 on Elmwood Avenue in the City of Columbia. By 1904, the Fair had outgrown the Elmwood Avenue location and was moved to its present location along Bluff Road. Today, the fairgrounds include six exhibit buildings offering approximately 125,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical Society is a non-profit organization that is governed by a board of directors including representatives from each of the state's congressional districts. Throughout the past decade, the South Carolina State Fair has provided over $3 million to the community in scholarship endowments and non-profit organization grants. Although still considered South Carolina's State Fair, the South Carolina State Fair is neither owned nor operated by the state and does not receive state funding.

Additional Information:
Columbia, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
SC State Fair Web Site

More Country Fairs in South Carolina

  • Upper SC State Fair
    Greenville, South Carolina (October)
    This annual fair features lots of entertainment, farm animals, midway fun, classic cars, monster trucks, and more country fair fun. - Greenville, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Sumter County Fair
    Sumter, South Carolina (September - October)
    Fun for all includes art, flower and livestock shows, plus entertainment, the Four Star Circus and Muttville Dog show, cloggers, rides and more. - Sumter, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Piedmont Interstate Fair
    Spartanburg, South Carolina (October)
    Enjoy competitive displays of local artists, industry, and agricultural exhibits, plus midway entertainment, a circus and other family-friendly events and activities. - Spartanburg, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
    Florence, South Carolina (October)
    Enjoy rides, food, games and exhibits at this agricultural fair featuring fun for all ages. - Florence, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices

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