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Agriculture Exhibits

The S.C. State Fair’s roots are in agriculture.

Field crops such as corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, tobacco and wheat are grown on more than 1.3 million acres each year in South Carolina.

South Carolina residents annually compete for bragging rights and a blue ribbon with their home-grown produce, including apples, home garden wagons, large pumpkins and watermelons, Christmas trees, a shoe garden, sugar cane, sweet potatoes and more.

On Exhibit Dates: Oct. 12 – 23
Location: Ellison Building

Scarecrow Contest 2019

Scarecrow Decorating Contest

The S. C. State Fair needs scarecrows to protect the fruits and veggies in the Ellison Building during fair.

Each year, family teams register to participate before the fair begins.  The first five are chosen.  On the day of the contest, families bring their creative ideas. The five teams are given one hour to construct their scarecrow and the agriculture staff votes on the winner.

Come watch the families decorate on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. OR just drop by when you are on the fairgrounds to check out the results.  All the fun is happening in the Ellison Building.

Peaches

MCLEOD FARMS

Featured daily in the Ellison Building.

Visit McLeod Farms, for a variety of South Carolina made and grown products and produce. McLeod Farms has been family-owned and operated since 1916. They specialize in fresh peaches, strawberries, blackberries, year-round produce, row crops, gift baskets, jarred products, homemade bakery items, and family fun. The fifth general farm recognizes the importance of growing high-quality produce with sustainable agriculture practices. 

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Beef Cattle

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.

Show Dates: Oct. 20 – 22
Location: Nutt Cattle Arena

The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards two $2,500 scholarships annually.

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Dairy Cattle

Open and Junior Dairy Cattle Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey. 

Show Dates: Oct. 14 – 16
Location: Nutt Cattle Arena

The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards one $2,000 scholarship annually.

Dairy Goat

Dairy Goat

Junior Doe and Senior Doe Dairy Goat Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Recorded Grade, Saanen, Toggenburg.

Show Dates: Oct. 22-23
Location: Swine, Sheep & Goat Barn                        

Sheep

Sheep

Breeds shown: Cheviot, Dorset (Polled), Hampshire, Katahdin, Montadale, Shropshire, Southdown, all other breeds. 

Show dates – Oct. 20-21
Location: Swine, Sheep & Goat Barn

 

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Smallstock

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.

On Exhibit Dates: Oct. 12 – 23
Location: Smallstock Building

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Swine

Open and Junior Swine Shows are comprised of the following breeds: Berkshire, Commercial Gilt, Duroc, Hampshire, and Yorkshire. Jr Market Hogs are judged on On Foot, Showmanship, Education, Record Book, and Final Placing.

Show Dates: 

Jr. Swine & Open Swine: Oct 15 – 16

Swine Costume Contest: Oct. 16

Jr. Market Hogs: Oct. 23                                                   

Location: Swine, Sheep & Goat Barn

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.  

Market Goat

Youth Market Goats

The Youth Meat Goat Shows are judged by the following divisions: Wether Does, Wethers, and Showmanship.

Show Date: Oct. 23
Location: Nutt Cattle Arena

The SC Farm Bureau Federation awards one $1,000 scholarship annually.

Youth Horse

Youth Horse

Public is welcome to watch – Walk/trot arena race, Walk/jog pole bending, Speed event, Hunter Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Cross Rails, Hunter over Fences.

Show Dates: Oct. 14 – 16                                                          Location: Abernathy Arena

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