COVID-19 Safety


In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the South Carolina State Fair is taking extra precautions to assure the health and safety of our employees and guests. It is our mission to keep guests and staff safe while also continuing to make your visit a memorable experience.

Find out more information about fair rules and safety.


COVID-19 exposure is an inherent risk in any public locations where people are present: Guests should only attend after evaluating their own health risks. Purchase of a ticket and entry on to the Fairgrounds constitutes your understanding of these risks and your willingness to undertake the risk of exposure. No refunds will be given following your entry on to the Fairgrounds. We encourage each guest to take responsibility for their own health and safety, in addition to acting with care for the health and safety of those around them.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

There will be hand sanitation & handwashing stations throughout the fairgrounds. We highly recommend the use of hand sanitization stations as well as washing your hands frequently.

Check-in Process

Guests are encouraged to limit personal items to speed up the check-in process. We strongly advise guests to purchase advanced tickets online or at participating Circle K stores.

Limited Contact

To limit contact, cashless payment options are available and encouraged, and we strongly advise avoiding handshakes, embraces, and physical contact with others.

Face Coverings

We are located in the City of Columbia.  We will be following the latest mask ordinance from the City of Columbia.  The City of Columbia is soley responsible for enforcing the ordinance, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00.

Increased Cleaning Protocol

Facility cleaning protocols, including bathroom maintenance and frequent public touchpoints, has been increased to ensure cleanliness and the health and safety of all guests.

Hygiene Signage

There will be signage throughout the fairgrounds reminding everyone of the importance of COVID-19 safety protocols.

Social Distancing

Guests will be encouraged to follow the latest CDC social distancing guidelines carefully. This will apply throughout the fairgrounds, including in lines, in exhibits, at food and beverage facilities, in show venues and in restrooms.

Employee Health

The South Carolina State Fair follows CDC guidelines and strategies to prevent and reduce transmission and maintain healthy business operations and work environments.

Not Feeling Well?

Guests are asked to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before visiting the S.C. State Fair. If guests or any member of their household is not feeling well, please do not visit.