There are just seven days until the gates open for the 2013 S.C. State Fair. The fair runs Oct. 9-20 in Columbia. Here are a few key reminders about the 144th annual fair.
Oct. 8 is the last day to buy advance discount admission and ride tickets. Buy admission tickets at www.scstatefair.org or at any Bi-Lo store; discount ride tickets available only at Bi-Lo. Admission (ages 6-54) is $7 in advance, $10 once the fair opens. Ride vouchers are $23 in advance, $28 once the fair opens. The ride vouchers can be exchanged any weekday for a pay-one-price wristband or any day for 28 ride coupons. Kiddie rides require two or three tickets; adult rides, three or four.
Admission for seniors 55 and older is $7; tickets must be purchased at the gate. Children ages 5 and younger and active and retired military personnel and their dependents with proper identification will be admitted free.
Grab lunch or check out the exhibits beginning at noon Oct. 9 when the gates open. The Midway will open at 3 p.m., that day. Opening day admission is $1 for everyone, available only at the gate.
In the Grandstand
This years musical lineup includes three free concerts Corey Smith, The Temptations and Kirk Franklin. The remaining acts include The Band Perry, Foreigner, Hunter Hayes, Needtobreathe, and Justin Moore. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and include gate admission if purchased online.
More than 75,000 tons of sand are being converted into A Season of Merry Merrymaking as this years artists create everything from a carousel to a Ferris Wheel of flowers all before your very eyes. The work can be found daily in the Ellison Building, so stop by and give your eyes a treat. A second sand sculpture is planned this year in the rear of the Roof Building.
Compiled by Bertram Rantin