SC State Fair 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! These are just a few of the agricultural items one would view in the Ellison Building during the SC State Fair.

Our thanks to the following:

  • Frances Koon of Columbia – home garden wagon, shoe garden, and scarecrows
  • Beth Darragh of Greenwood – pumpkins and watermelons
  • Price’s Christmas Tree Farm of Lexington – Christmas trees

Open Entry Registration dates for 2021 SC State Fair are Aug 1-Sept 1, 2021.


SC Department of Agriculture

The SC State Fair’s history is in agriculture and industry. Agriculture is a vital part of our state’s economy.

With nearly 25,000 farms and 4.7 million acres of farmland, South Carolina is driven by agriculture. Agribusiness (agriculture + forestry) is the state’s No. 1 industry, accounting for 246,957 jobs and $46.2 billion in annual economic impact.

South Carolina’s Top 10 Agricultural Commodities

  • Broilers | $979 million
  • Turkeys | $500 million
  • Corn | $168.8 million
  • Cattle & Calves | $133.7 million
  • Soybeans | $125.8 million
  • Cotton | $109 million
  • Chicken Eggs | $93 million
  • Peanuts | $83.5 million
  • Floriculture | $68.6 million
  • Tobacco | $49 million

Our thanks to the SC Department of Agriculture for their bountiful display of farm equipment through the years.

Ag Learning Lab

SC Farm Bureau Federation - Ag Learning Lab

Farms Coming to a School Near You! SC Ag in the Classroom is proud to introduce the Ag Learning Lab, an educational experience that brings the farm to school. Students in grades K-5 who visit the lab will learn about important South Carolina commodities and how many of them go from the field to their plate. The lessons are aligned to state learning standards, so students are able to apply math, science, English and social studies principles to agriculture. And students will see first-hand the importance of agriculture in providing food, fuel and fiber.

The Ag Learning Lab will be able to accommodate 5-8 elementary classes per day, and will cost $400 to reserve. An AITC certified teacher will accompany the trailer to educate students through hands-on learning experiments. If a school’s population is at least 60% free/reduced lunch and the school is within Duke Energy’s SC service territory, the school will be able to apply for a scholarship, made possible through a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. For more information, contact Tracy Miskelly, Director of SC Ag in the Classroom at


Smokey Bear

Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. As one of the world's most recognizable characters, Smokey's image is protected by U.S. federal law and is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Despite the campaign's success over the years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Smokey's message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944.

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Smokey’s original catchphrase was "Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires." In 1947, it became "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires." In 2001, it was again updated to its current version of "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" in response to a massive outbreak of wildfires in natural areas other than forests and to clarify that Smokey is promoting the prevention of unwanted and unplanned outdoor fires versus prescribed fires.

Though he has already accomplished so much, Smokey’s work is far from over. Wildfire prevention remains crucial, and he still needs your help. His catchphrase reflects your responsibility: Only you can prevent wildfires. Remember that this phrase is so much more than just a slogan: it’s an important way to care for the world around you.