The South Carolina State Fair continues through Oct. 20 at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia. Here are some important 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, buildings and midway open at noon.
Grandstand entertainment: Kirk Franklin, 4 p.m., free with gate admission. Wristbands for the shows can be picked up three hours before the show at the Grandstand ticket booth.
Check it out
Go ahead and touch them. Commerford and Son’s Petting Zoo again will offer visitors a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of animals including, camels, sheep and more. The not-so-wildlife can be found on Academic Avenue. Just don’t forget to wash the hands of the kids’ hands after their visit.
Compiled by Bertram Rantin; follow him during the fair @bertramrantin on Twitter.