State Fair countdown: 1 day

October 8, 2013 

Cecilia Roux places a bumblebee head onto one of the rides as workers prepare attractions for this years South Carolina State Fair.


The 2013 S.C. State Fair opens Wednesday and continues through Oct. 20 in Columbia. Here are a few key reminders about the 144th annual fair.

Last chance

Tuesday is the last day to buy advance discount admission and ride tickets. Buy admission tickets at 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.

Daily deals

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.

Opening day

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 year’s musical lineup includes three free concerts – Corey Smith, The Temptations and Kirk Franklin. The opening night concert is The Band Perry, and remaining acts include Foreigner, Hunter Hayes, Needtobreathe, and Justin Moore. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and include gate admission if purchased online.

Did you know?

This year marks the 144th year for the S.C. State Fair. The fair was organized in 1869 and continues to maintain its agricultural roots with such exhibits as the Field to Fair, which debuted last year and has been expanded this year..

Compiled by Bertram Rantin

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