The SC State Fair roots are in Agriculture!
Field crops such as corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, tobacco and wheat are grown on over 1.3 million acres each year in South Carolina.
SC residents annually compete for bragging rights and a blue ribbon with their home-grown produce with such items as shown here…apples, home garden wagons, large pumpkins and watermelons, Christmas trees, a shoe garden, sugar cane, sweet potatoes…we even have scarecrow making contests! These are just a few of the agricultural items one would view in the Ellison Building during the SC State Fair.
Open and Junior Beef Cattle Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Angus, Charolais, Crossbred, Hereford, Gelbvieh/Balancer, Mini- Zebu, Red Angus, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Sim Angus, Simmental, and Zebu-Based breeds. The beef cattle are housed in three barns and the shows are held in the Nutt Cattle Arena.
The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards two $2,500 scholarships annually.
Open and Junior Dairy Cattle Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey. The dairy cattle are housed in three barns and the shows are held in the Nutt Cattle Arena.
The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards one $2,000 scholarship annually.
Junior Doe and Senior Doe Dairy Goat Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Recorded Grade, Saanen, Toggenburg.
During the fair, chickens are housed in the Smallstock Building along with bantams, rabbits, cavies, pigeons, turkeys, waterfowl, and wildlife.
4-H Poultry Showmanship and 4-H Rabbit Showmanship competitions are also held during the fair.
Open and Junior Swine Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Commercial Gilt, Duroc, Hampshire, Spots, and Yorkshire. Jr Market Hogs are judged on On Foot, Showmanship, Education, Record Book, and Final Placing.
The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards one $1,500 scholarship annually.
The SC Pork Board and SC Pork Producers Association awards one $1,000 scholarship annually.
Youth Market Goats
The Youth Meat Goat Shows are judged by the following divisions: Wether Does, Wethers, and Showmanship.
The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards one $1,000 scholarship annually.