College students from across the state turned out in full force for the South Carolina State Fair’s College Day Thursday.
The fair offered free admission to college students with a valid ID, while achieving its highest Thursday attendance – 26,779 – since moving the opening day from Thursday to Wednesday in 2006.
“We’re thrilled to be able to do this for our state’s notoriously committed college kids,” said fair general manager Gary Goodman. “We had a quick meeting this morning and decided to make College Day a regular feature of the Fair. It was unanimous — a no-brainer.”
Goodman said the fair handed out about 4,200 wrist bands to college students for Thursday’s free Corey Smith concert in the Grandstand. He said students were represented from several schools around the state.
“The students were without exception the very model of good behavior,” Goodman said. “I want to thank them on behalf of everyone at the Fair for making yesterday a milestone in our long history.”
The State Fair will offer free shuttle service between the USC Russell House on campus and the State Fair beginning at noon on Saturday.