Highlights at the fair today – and what’s coming up Sunday. Find a complete schedule at thestate.com/statefair.
The 2012 State Fair runs through Sunday.
Admission: $10 ages 6-54, $7 ages 55 and older, $2 ages 2-5, free for those younger than 2. After 5 p.m., those younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at least 21 years old. No admission after 10 p.m. today.
Parking: Free in the fairgrounds parking lot.
Daily gate promotion: Free admission for active and retired military and their dependents (with proper identification) and all Girls Scouts wearing the official Girl Scout tunic, sash or vest and membership pin.
Hours: Gates open at 9 a.m., buildings 10 a.m., Midway 9 a.m.-midnight
Rides: Two people ride for the price of one, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grandstand entertainment: Doobie Brothers, 7 p.m.; $20
Hours: Gates open at noon, buildings noon to 8 p.m., Midway hours noon-11 p.m.
Special event: Greatest Grandparent Competition, 1:30 p.m. in the Grandstand
Grandstand entertainment: Jake Owen with Eli Young Band, 6 p.m.; $20
Tickets to Grandstand shows are available at the Grandstand ticket booth from 5:30-7 p.m. each show day except Sunday, when they will be on sale from 4:30-6 p.m. Grandstand tickets also can be purchased online at scstatefair.org and tickets purchased online include fair admission.
Don’t forget to stop by the Ellison Building where you can see the finished work of this year’s sand sculpture. The popular attraction is crafted with 75 tons of sand, and this year’s work features a tribute to the four seasons.
Compiled by Bertram Rantin