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Oct. 11-22, 2023



With nearly 60 rides, this year’s fair is sure to create special memories – from sky-high thrillers to family-friendly rides. North American Midway Entertainment will feature some new rides — along with some returning favorites.

All riders must be present to receive wristband.

The S.C. State Fair will again feature Pay-One-Price (POP) ride days every day. Patrons can enjoy unlimited rides by exchanging a ride voucher for a POP wristband at specially marked ticket booths.

*New*  See the ride list below, one ride called “The Scream” requires 2 ride coupons + the wristband.

Ride vouchers are purchased online or at participating Circle K stores.  Once you arrive at the fairgrounds, you can exchange a ride voucher for a Pay-One-Price wristband to enjoy unlimited rides, even on weekends! Ride vouchers may also be exchanged for 30 ride coupons any day of the fair. 

All riders must be present to receive wristband

All riders must have coupons or wristband in order to ride

Discount Prices (Sept. 7 – Oct. 11)

Discount priced tickets can be used any day the fair is open, weekdays or weekends.

Discount Ride Vouchers: $30 (Online or Circle K)

During Fair (Oct. 12 – 23)

Online & Circle K: $35 (Vouchers can be used any day the fair is open, weekdays or weekends)

Weekdays (Mon-Thur): $35 (at the fair)

Weekends (Fri-Sun): $38 (at the fair)

Ride Coupons (For purchase at fairgrounds): 

1 Coupon: $1.50

20 Coupons: $25

50 Coupons: $60

Each ride takes 3-6 coupons. 

Midway Express Access Pass: $15 

  • Grants access to the front of every ride line. Purchase at the fairgrounds.  
  • All riders must be present to receive Express Access Pass

(Scroll Down for Special Attraction: Celebration Wheel Information)

Sky Screamer SIZED 2


If you don’t like heights and going fast – stay away from this ride!  But if you like a thrill, have a seat.  Go up up up and and around and around! 



Get a breath-taking aerial view as the Giant Vertigo takes riders on a high swing thrill ride!

Elephants 10


This adorable kiddie ride is perfect for children to enjoy! This ride holds 20 passengers and sends kids spinning in delight high in the air. The brilliant colors, accompanied by the bright lights, are sure to make this a new fan favorite for many years to come. Riders will have a hard time passing up this lovable kiddie ride!

Monkey Maze Sized


A two story fun house that features a mirror maze on the bottom and a trick of mirrors on the upper floor.  Finish the fun house with a spiral slide.



North American Midway Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of the Celebration Super Wheel to the South Carolina State Fair! 

The Celebration Super Wheel towers above the midway at a breathtaking 150 feet (46 meters). The wheel is manufactured in Europe by Ronald Bussink of Professional Rides AG and travels on 20 tractor trailer loads. This Rolls Royce of Ferris wheels features 36 climate controlled gondolas. Each one comfortably seats 4 to 6 guests and provides a luxurious and smooth ride coupled with unparallel views of the fair and of Columbia. The spectacular LED light design at night can be seen for miles across the South Carolina landscape.    

The Celebration Super Wheel is eight (8) ride coupons per ride and sixteen (16) ride coupons for the once in a lifetime chance to ride the VIP gondola.  This ride is not included in the pay-one-price wrist band.

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