Clock is ticking for discount fair tickets

There is one week left to buy advance discount tickets for the 2009 S.C. State Fair, which runs Oct. 14-25.

Discount admission tickets are available through Oct. 13.

Advance adult admission tickets are $5. Those tickets will be $8 once the fair begins.

Prices for other age groups will remain the same throughout the fair - seniors ages 55 and older, $5; ages 2-5, $2; and younger than 2, free.

On opening day Oct. 14, there is a special one-day $1 gate admission for all ages. The fair opens at 3 p.m. that day.

Advance discount pay-one-price ride vouchers are $20. They will be $23 once the fair begins. The voucher grants admission to all rides for the day.

There will be pay-one-price days every day except Saturdays and Sundays during the fair's 12-day run.

Advance discount tickets can be purchased by phone at (800) 514-3849; online at www.scstatefair.org; or at participating Bi-Lo stores. The grocery also will continue to sell tickets at regular price throughout the fair's run.

Parking is free throughout the fair.

_- Bertram Rantin