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Oct. 11-22, 2023


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Your Fair Your Army

 Your Fair Your Army is an opportunity for the citizens of the great State of South Carolina to enjoy “your fair” as well as meet and interact with “your army.” The United States Army, South Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army Cadet Command will provide a showcase of equipment and soldiers of different military occupational specialties. This is an opportunity to interact with soldiers and ask questions about what they do and the equipment they use. 

Open daily in the Ruff Building and next to the Ellison Building, near the South Gate.



South Carolina ETV (SCETV), the state’s public educational broadcasting network, will be on Academic Avenue near the new Academic Avenue Stage on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. Radio staff will interview for their South of Spooky podcast. Costumed characters will make several appearances to meet and greet fair attendees and pose for selfies. Request instructions for a scavenger hunt that facilitates fun and learning at the S. C. State Fair.  Scavenger Hunt participants will browse exhibits to locate clues and to identify common sightings at the fair.  Complete the hunt and receive a surprise. 

Additionally, SCETV will have learning center booth inside the Cantey Building near the Museum of the Moon touring exhibition.  Physics, math, science and English Language Arts (ELA) co-branded resources (work sheets, lesson plans, etc.) will be available.

Ernest Lee


Street artist and Columbia legend Ernest Lee will be selling his popular chicken paintings as well as other pieces at this year’s S.C. State Fair. While Lee is widely known for his chicken paintings, his works also include ocean scenes, nature scenes, fish, pets, palmetto trees, portraits – and just whatever comes out of his head.

Appearing daily in the smallstock building



Seventy-five tons of sand! For years, the S.C. State Fair’s talented sand artists have transformed huge piles of sand into creative wonders right before the eyes of patrons. The imagery continues this year as a work-in-progress comes to life over several days. Guests are sure to be amazed as they return to see the progress and final product.

Featured daily in the Goodman Building.

Extreme Sculpting 2


Chris Lantz has been carving since he was 19 and now lives in Northeast Georgia with his wife, two kids and two dogs on two acres. Lantz is a passionate person who cuts no corners in his artistic process. After high school graduation in 2009, Lantz went directly to work and is often asked about his art background; he has none! He has always enjoyed working with his hands and creating things.

Appearing daily in front of the Moore Building.

Phillip Simmons


The Philip Simmons Blacksmith Guild was formed exclusively for educational purposes to encourage and facilitate the training of blacksmiths. The group disseminates information about sources of material and equipment, exposes the art of blacksmithing and serves as a resource for all who are interested in the craft. Guild members participate in several events throughout the year such as Ashley on the River at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston and the Renaissance Fair in Myrtle Beach.

Oct. 14- 16. on Academic Avenue.

Folk Fabulous


Join McKissick Museum in the Rosewood Ballroom—and occasionally beyond — for another year of FOLKFabulous, where they will gather to share and celebrate the rich folklife, traditional art and cultural heritage of South Carolina. This year’s display and programming will feature the story quilts of Peggie Hartwell, drumming demonstrations by Edisto River Singers, hands-on artmaking with Jugnu Verma, and much more!

Open daily and located in the Rosewoods Building.

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The S.C. State Fair will take a moment to pay tribute to America and honor those who have and are serving the country. Every day at noon, the American flag will be raised on the main flagpole outside the Cantey Building near the South Gate and the National Anthem will be played across the PA system.  Occasionally, there will be a special guest that will sing or raise the flag.



The Barnyard Cackle Review is a seven-character singing chicken show featuring Rocky Da Rooster and his singing hens: Tanya Clucker, Loretta Hen, Patty Eggless, Reba MacEggtire, Patsy Coop and Sh’nia Twang! Come hear what all the “clucking” is about!

Appearing daily in the Ellison Building.

Carolina Lights Entrance Photo Credit Kathy Allen


The South Carolina State Fair will usher in the holiday season with its fourth annual downtown drive-through holiday light show, Carolina Lights, Dec. 3-26 (closed Christmas Day).

The drive-through light experience will feature more than 100 individual LED light displays along an expanded route in the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park at the S.C. State Fairgrounds. The light display will feature favorites from last year along with several new displays. 

Discount Carolina Lights passes are included in the Family Fun Pack, and discount passes can be purchased separately online through Dec. 2, 2022.

More information.

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