Agriculture & Livestock

agriculture

Agriculture

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! 

On Exhibit Dates: Oct. 13 – 24
Location: Ellison Building

beef-cattle

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. 22 – 24
Location: Nutt Cattle Arena

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

dairy-cattle

Dairy Cattle

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

Show Dates: Oct. 16 – 18
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. 23 – 24
Location: Swine, Sheep & Goat Barn

Sheep

Sheep

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

Show dates – Oct. 21-22
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. 13 – 24
Location: Smallstock Building

sow-piglets

Swine

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.

Show Dates: 
– Jr. Swine: Oct. 17
– Open Swine: Oct. 18
– Jr. Market Hogs: Oct. 20

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. 24
Location: Nutt Cattle Arena

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