The South Carolina State Fair continues through Oct. 20 at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia. Here are some things to know about this year’s fair.
Admission: $10 ages 6-54; $7 ages 55 and older; free for children 5 and younger. 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. daily.
Parking: Free in the Fairgrounds parking lot.
Daily gate promotion: Free admission for active and retired military and their dependents (with proper identification).
Hours: Gates open at 10 a.m.; Midway opens at 11 a.m.
Rides: Pay-one-price ride day
Grandstand entertainment: Foreigner, 7 p.m., $15
Tickets to Grandstand shows are available at the Grandstand ticket booth from 5:30-7 p.m., each show day except Oct. 20, when they will be on sale from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Grandstand tickets also can be purchased online at scstatefair.org, and tickets purchased online include fair admission. Wristbands for the three free Grandstand shows can be picked up three hours before each show at the Grandstand ticket booth.
Check it out
Welde’s Big Bear educational wildlife show and exhibit highlights the importance of habitat preservations and conservation for all bear species that are shown at major state fairs and zoos across the country. Here’s your chance to encounter some of these impressive creatures. The show performs daily at the South Gate.
Compiled by Bertram Rantin. Follow @bertramrantin on Twitter.