At the SC State Fair, Oct. 11

Columbia - The StateOctober 10, 2013 

The South Carolina State Fair would not be the same without the animals. From birds to bunnies to bears, the fair has it all. Thursday, the Paso Fino exhibition was being held, kids and adults were enjoying the Commerford and Sons petting zoo and Swifty Swine pigs were racing and swimming. Folks from around the southeast were washing and primping their livestock for judging at the fair. Here, Major Bond, from Hickory, NC, trims Katy-did.


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.

General information

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).

Today’s highlights

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

Grandstand tickets

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, 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.


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