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Food We Celebrate

The Food We Celebrate

In the Ellison Building

Oct. 9-20

The South Carolina State Museum and SC Humanities have joined forces to produce a traveling exhibit celebrating iconic foods from communities around South Carolina. South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate tells the story of South Carolina food-ways and how they are celebrated and shared. The State Museum and SC Humanities collaborated with 22 organizations across the state to develop content for this exhibit, highlighting 20 iconic food-ways such as barbecue, chicken bog and peaches. The exhibit debuts at the 2019 South Carolina State Fair in the Ellison Building and will later travel the state, allowing everyone the opportunity to serve up this banquet of South Carolina cuisine.

Stop the Germs...Wash Your Hands...

Stop the Germs...Wash Your Hands...

Academic Avenue

For the health and safety of our patrons, the SC State Fair emphasizes the importance of washing hands before and after touching any animals. Hand-washing stations are conveniently located on and around Academic Avenue in the Livestock Area of the fairgrounds. 

From Field to Fair

In the Ellison Building

"From Field to Fair" continues to promote and uplift South Carolina's agricultural roots by combining ag-related resources with educational tools from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The program features several online games designed to teach children about farming and sustainability in a fun, participatory, age-appropriate fashion while adhering to key curriculum standards for math, science, social science, English language skills and health. Guests can try their hand at these games on one of the From Field to Fair kiosks.


Paso Fino Horse Exhibition

In the Abernathy Arena

Wednesday, Oct. 9 - 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 10 - 10:00 am (Flag Ceremony) - 7:30 pm

Paso Fino means "fine step," and you can watch these rare horses perform their signature gait! The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Federation of America, Inc. will present its annual exhibition "The Classic Celebration Show" at the SC State Fair. This show honors the memory of one of the Federation's founding members and a great lover of the SC State Fair, Mr. Creighton Shull.

The show will also feature Andalusian horses and on Thursday will highlight local personalities as WIS-TV will broadcast the Celebrity Class live at 6:00 pm. Contact Patti Smith, Show Chair, at for further information.




FFA State Tractor Safety & Operations Competition 

In the Abernathy Arena

Tuesday, Oct. 15 - All Day

SC State Fair patrons are invited to watch Future Farmers of America members complete a timed driving course with a tractor and trailer. Penalties will be given to the members for failure to observe safe practices or for deviating from the course.


Michelin Tire

World's Largest Tire

Near the Rocket

Michelin produces the largest earth-mover tire in the world at its Lexington, SC plant. This tire stands 13 feet, 5 inches, with a rim size of 63 inches, and weighting 5.4 metric tons. 

Donkey & Mule Show

In the Abernathy Arena

Friday, Oct. 18 - All Day

Saturday, Oct. 19 - All Day

HEE-HAW! SC State Fair patrons can enjoy two days of watching Donkey and Mule competitions! The categories include foal and yearling, mini mules and donkeys, draft mules, jumping mules, trail mules and much more. Shows will run all day.

Sponsored by the SC Donkey & Mule Association

Managed by the St. Clair Equine (919) 754-7568


pig chicken

SC State Fair Livestock Competitions

See Details in Exhibit Guide


In the Smallstock Building

Oct. 9-20

Bantams, Chickens, Rabbits, Cavies, Pigeons, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Wildlife on display throughout the run of the fair.


Dairy Cattle Show

In the Nutt Cattle Arena

Friday, Oct. 11 - All Day

Saturday, Oct. 12 - All Day

Sunday, Oct. 13 - All Day

Junior & Open Dairy Shows - Ayreshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey breeds


Youth Horse Show

In the Abernathy Arena

Friday, Oct. 11 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, Oct. 12 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, Oct. 13 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Watch young equestrians in this three-day equine event, featuring showmanship, horsemanship, and some serious competitive spirit.


4-H Poultry Showmanship

Down Academic Avenue next to Abernathy Arena (near Pig Races new location)

Saturday, Oct. 12 - 10:00 am

Yes, they show chickens! And no fancy equipment is required. Fair patrons can look on as the state’s 4-H members put their birds through the paces for ribbons and prizes while having a little fun along the way. The showmanship is all about the young person working with their bird on posing and walking as well as displaying the bird before judges.


4-H Rabbit Showmanship

Down Academic Avenue next to Abernathy Arena (near Pig Races new location)

Saturday, Oct. 12 - 10:00 am

4-H members are judged as they verbally evaluate their animals based on particular strengths in front of a showmanship judge. The competitors must demonstrate an understanding of such things as body type, fur type, and show class and are judged on how well they handle the animal as well as on their overall  knowledge of rabbits and specific breeds.


Beef Cattle Show

In the Nutt Cattle Arena

Thursday, Oct. 17 - All Day

Friday, Oct. 18 - All Day

Saturday, Oct. 19 - All Day

Junior & Open Beef Cattle Shows - Angus, Charolais, Crossbred & AOB, Gelbvieh/Balancer, Hereford, Minature Zebu, Red Angus, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Sim Angus, Simmental, Zebu-Based Breeds & Crossbreeds


Sheep Show

In the Sheep Barn

Thursday, Oct. 17 - All Day

Friday, Oct. 18 - All Day

Two-day Sheep competitions with the following breeds: Cheviot, Dorset, Hampshire, Katahdin, Montadale, Shropshire, Southdown, and All Other Breeds.


Swine Shows

In the Swine Barn

Open, Junior, and Jr Market Hogs will be in competition as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 12 - 1:00 pm  Jr Swine Showmanship & Jr Swine Show

Sunday, Oct. 13 - 1:00 pm  Costume Contest followed by Open Swine Showmanship & Open Swine Show

Monday, Oct. 14 - 10:00 am  Private Treaty Swine Sale

Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 1:00 pm  Jr Market Hogs Showmanship & Jr Market Hogs Show


Dairy Goat Show

In the Swine, Sheep, Goat Arena

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Junior Doe Show - All Day

Sunday, Oct. 20 - Senior Doe Show - All Day

Youth Meat Goat Show

In the Nutt Cattle Arena

Sunday, Oct. 20  - 12:30 pm until finished

Come watch some of South Carolina’s finest youth prep their goats for a stiff competition in the show arena.