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Event Name:South Carolina State Fair
Event Type(s):Community Calendar

It’s the South Carolina State Fair’s 150th birthday, and the award-winning organization — a nonprofit awarding $300,000 in scholarships per year across South Carolina — has pulled out all  the stops to ensure that this year’s event, Oct. 9-20, will be brimming with prize-winning memories. There is no increase in ticket prices this year, even with a new free daily circus, a new free concert series featuring regional acts and a slew of 150th anniversary activities and exhibits.

Event Date:10/9/2019 - 10/20/2019
Event Time:11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Eastern
Location:SC State Fairgrounds
1200 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, SC 29201

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Contact Person:SC State Fair Office
(phone: 803-799-3387)

Skip the lines and buy advance, discount tickets

Purchase discount tickets through Oct. 8 at participating Circle K stores, at the State Fair’s North Gate on Rosewood Drive, via FRED the roving ticket booth, or online at

Free circus will “wow” guests three times each day
The circus is in town three times a day at the S.C. State Fair. The headlining entertainment at the 2019 S.C. State Fair is a free daily “CIRCUS at the Fair,” with three one hour-long shows each day under a 48-foot big top tent, crafted in Italy, beside the Ellison Building near the South Gate entrance. Shows begin at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and are included with an admission ticket. Each show features a variety of stunning entertainment from a renowned lineup of traditional and unique circus acts including the High Wire, the Wheel of Destiny, the Globe of Death, the Trained Dog Show, Duo Silks aerialists, America’s Show Camels, and a dazzling international cast with Ringmaster Ian Garden. View details at

New 150 Celebration Wheel ride makes its American debut in South Carolina
Visitors will see lots of action under the big top tent, but what about high above it? North American Midway Entertainment is debuting, for the first time in North America, its “150 Celebration Wheel,” a 150-foot giant Ferris wheel. The ride includes 36 temperature-regulated gondolas, creating a lofty encounter that fairgoers can experience over and over again. Each gondola carries six people on a luxurious journey to new heights never seen before at the South Carolina State Fair.

Free concerts at the Pepsi Place stage and more
New this year, free concerts featuring a wide variety of genres will be held on stages throughout the fairgrounds, with popular acts on the Pepsi Place stage including The Tams, The Restoration, The Latin Caravan, Tokyo Joe, JJ Hairston, Reggie Sullivan, Eloveation, Swim in the Wild and more. View the full lineup at

Special exhibits, collector’s items and more to celebrate the 150th anniversary
Organized in 1869, the State Fair continues to keep its agricultural roots alive while offering fun, food, education and a variety of competitive exhibits. This year’s 150th anniversary State Fair is themed “Prize-Winning Memories” and will complement a long list of traditional favorites with several special offerings:

  • The United States Postal Service (USPS) is offering a special pictorial cancellation stamp. The USPS will be selling these stamped envelopes at the Main Street Entertainment and Food Court Friday, Oct. 11 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 16 from noon – 6 p.m. and the stamps will be available at the new General Store located near the South Gate Information Center during regular hours.
  • A published history of the fair has been released in the new book, “Meet Me at the Rocket” by historian Rodger Stroup and will be sold during the fair in the Cantey Building (The book is already trending as a go-to holiday gift in South Carolina). A display of interesting fair memorabilia will also be found in the Cantey Building. 
  • A S.C. State Fair “Prize-Winning Memories” wall in the Ellison Building where guests can share their favorite fair memories. Submit photos to be displayed on the wall via email to
  • Guests are invited to enjoy 150th anniversary cake as the gates open Oct. 9, while supplies last near the South Gate entrance, compliments of Sam’s Club.
  • Originally erected in 1969, the iconic Rocket will be decorated as a birthday candle in celebration of its 50th birthday, and around 5:45 p.m. each afternoon visitors are encouraged to wish the iconic piece of art a happy birthday and watch it light up.
  • This year’s Sandscapes features a 150th anniversary-themed display as the talented sand artists transform 75 tons of sand into a creative anniversary wonder — featured daily in the Goodman Building.
  • A special exhibit on “The Food We Celebrate” will be presented by the S.C. State Museum and The S.C. Humanities Council in the Ellison Building.
  • Brookgreen Gardens, the country’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture, has curated a selection of sculptural on display in the Cantey Building.
  • The South Carolina Art Commission’s State Art Collection, showcasing both the quality and diversity of the state’s cultural heritage, will feature selected artists in a special exhibition at the S.C. State Fair. Follow #artinsight to see and share experiences from this exhibit in the Rosewoods building.
  • Jim Hudson Automotive and the SC State Fair will honor veterans at 5:30 p.m. each day during a “Veteran of the Day” ceremony.


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