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Oct. 11-22, 2023


Academic Avenue Stage

Academic Avenue Stage is sponsored by:


Be sure to visit our newly designed stage found on Academic Avenue between Rosewoods Salon and the Sky Glider entrance.

Please note: Acts are subject to change without notice.

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Academic Avenue Stage and Roving Oct. 12-17

He’s Back!  Be sure to catch the Dennis Lee Show with his talented band from Memphis, Tenn., featuring the fabulous Stephanie Ann on Fiddle. The Dennis Lee Band blends musical favorites, comedy, country music, old time rock and roll, and patriotic numbers. In addition, Denny the Clown is back for his 40th year at the S.C. State Fair. Catch his strolling mime and comedy routine daily throughout the fairgrounds. Dennis will give you three gallons of crazy in a two-gallon bucket!

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Academic Avenue Stage Oct. 18 – 23

 This talented family band is the result of when Grammy-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop supergroup Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen, a member of Country Music Hall of Fame gospel group The Oak Ridge Boys, and Grand Ole Opry background singer Norah Lee Allen. Individually and collectively, Paul and Jamie’s four children were exposed early to a rich musical existence, and they watched as each child demonstrated God-given musical talent early on. They play a wide variety of music – all featuring their amazing harmonies.

Boiled Peanut Eating Contest Winner 2021


Academic Avenue Stage Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss watching, cheering and laughing as local celebrities accept the challenge to learn who can eat the most boiled peanuts at the South Carolina State Fair!  Can Sherriff Leon Lott hold onto his 2021 first place standing?  Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Academic Ave Stage sponsored by Prisma Health.         



Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pigs

Always a favorite! Guests will be treated to an action-packed, fast-paced, high-energy program as “Swifty” the swimming pig plunges into an 8-foot tank, and 4 piglets compete for first place in a series of high-speed races. It’s the fastest pig race around. 

Performing daily down Academic Avenue in front of Abernathy Arena 


Commerford Petting Zoo

Commerford and Sons petting zoo is a family owned and operated petting zoo featuring domestic animals and hand-raised exotic animals that just love attention. The Comerford’s have been raising animals for well over 50 years. Guests are invited to get up close and meet some members of the Commerford petting zoo family! And don’t forget to wash those hands afterwards.   

Featured daily down Academic Avenue 


Philip Simmons Blacksmith Guild

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. Demonstrations are open to the public. 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.

Appearing on Academic Avenue 

October 22 – 24 

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