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What to know about the in-person return of the South Carolina State Fair, Oct. 13-24, 2021

Swing ride at the South Carolina State Fair
Tickets are on sale now for the return of The South Carolina State Fair | Photo by Forrest Clonts

Start practicing your ring toss now because The South Carolina State Fair will return in-person this fall from Oct. 13-24 — and as of today, tickets are officially on sale. 🎉

Last year, the fairgrounds adapted to a free drive-thru event featuring attractions like food stands + an interactive scavenger hunt, as well as providing a space for drive-thru COVID-19 testing + vaccinations year-round. 

Family enjoying the South Carolina State Fair
Celebrate your moment this year with games + prizes | Photo by Forrest Clonts

This year, the fair welcomes guests back in-person + reminds them “It’s Your Moment” (this year’s theme). Make the most of it during 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides + more

Whether it’s the welcoming “moo” or the feeling of feet dangling from the Ferris wheel, the S.C. State Fair is back to create lifelong memories with friends and family.

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What to expect this year:

  • New health and safety measures (think: increased cleaning protocol, hand sanitizer stations, and cashless payment available + encouraged)
  • New mandatory clear bag policy
  • New youth rides (hello spinning Tea Cups + flying Dumbo)
  • New foods + treats (be sure to try a Steak ‘N Eggs Sundae from DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes + celebrate the Cookie Kitchen’s expansion with 2 for $1 cookies)
Corn dog stand at the South Carolina State Fair
From the new food items to the classics, we’re here for it all | Photo by Forrest Clonts
  • Old favorites will also return, like a Midway with 70+ rides, ~70 food stands, arts and crafts displays, livestock exhibits, stage shows + ground exhibits
  • Check out their new online store + be the first to get your hands on SC State Fair merch
SC State Fair graphic featuring feet in sneakers dangling from a ride
What #SCStateFair moment are you looking forward to the most? We personally love “the dangle.” | Graphic by Cait Maloney

#ProTip: Tickets bought in advance (read: today through October 12) can be purchased at up to 50% off. Snag yours online or at participating Circle K stations throughout the Midlands. Ⓟ