SC State Fair celebrates 150th anniversary with free daily circus, other new ‘prize-winning moments’

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -The South Carolina State Fair is making its way back to Columbia, marking its 150th anniversary of showcasing the state’s agricultural roots.

The 150th anniversary fair is themed “Prize-Winning Memories” and will begin Oct. 9-20 at Columbia’s fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive.

In this commemorative event, the fair will present many special offerings along with its traditional favorites including: a free, daily big top circus; a Midway with 70+ rides; nearly 70 food stands; arts & crafts displays; pig races; livestock and agricultural exhibits; stage shows and roving grounds entertainment.

“Our State Fair is a celebration of everything that is great about South Carolina, and we are excited to put that greatness on display again during our special 150th anniversary event,” State Fair General Manager Nancy Smith said.

The South Carolina State Fair was organized in 1869 and is a self-supported, charitable organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the state’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education.

Today’s S.C. State Fair welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year and continues to celebrate its agricultural roots with a mix of entertainment, food, rides, competitive exhibits and educational activities while establishing itself as the state’s largest event.

Since its inception, the South Carolina State Fair has promoted agriculture and industry while also reflecting the culture and special features of the Palmetto State.

During its celebration, the South Carolina State Fair will be offering a variety of features from a free Big Top Circus with three daily performances to a memory wall featuring guest-submitted images and quotes about their experiences at the fair.

“We want to offer our patrons even more ways to enjoy the fair with their families this year, and this circus will combine a mix of the new with nostalgic entertainment that has captivated our state through the years,” Smith said.

The fair will also showcase collector’s items including a special pictorial postal cancellation stamp marking the fair’s 150th anniversary, a limited-edition coin and four unique posters commemorating the occasion along with other fair memorabilia.

Music will continue to play a central role in this year’s S.C. State Fair. There will be free, daily concerts in the 1,000-seat Pepsi Place arena featuring local and regional artists.

The 150th anniversary fair has a goal of not only exploring memories of yesteryear, but is focusing on displaying the cultural richness of the state by representing all regions.

“Every county across the state will be represented during this year’s fair,” Smith said. “We are very excited to mark this historic occasion. It is our hope that visitors from across the state will join us as we continue to showcase South Carolina.”

As a benefit to fair-goers, the South Carolina State Fair will not increase ticket prices during this event.

South Carolina State Fair will host a free outdoor screening of “The Greatest Showman” on July 12 as an early kick start to its celebration. The showing is open to the community and will feature a variety of food trucks and brews.

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