RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — A giant Ferris wheel could be seen in the distance by those shopping Saturday at the Village at Sandhill — a sign of the arrival of the popular Sparkleberry Country Fair in Northeast Richland.
A parade of old tractors, from a classic green and yellow John Deere to red ones of all sizes, drove through the fair.
Sitting in a chair, Jeremiah Arkel clashed stone against stone to make an arrowhead.
He said when he first started making arrowheads several years ago, he broke a lot of pieces.
“The only way to really learn is just to sit down and do it,” Arkel said.
Next to Arkel, Bobbi Taylor sold homemade purses and dream catchers.
“I make the mess, she makes all of the pretty stuff,” Arkel said.
Horses are signature farm animals at fairs, and 22-year-old Sweetie graciously ate hay handed to her by kids.
Kirsten Kahkola, 9, has been riding horses for two years and she stood with Sweetie instructing kids how to feed her without getting their fingers bit.
Kirsten said she loved riding horses and the relationship they have with people.
“I like the different gaits about them and how they interact with you,” she said.
The annual Sparkleberry Country Fair, at Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, recalls the early agricultural days of Northeast Richland, along with other activities like kids’ games, live music, rides and more.