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Oct. 11-22, 2023


CIRCUS at the Fair

Get ready for the thrills under the new big top! The free, daily CIRCUS at the Fair is returning to the South Carolina State Fair for a third year and will feature a brand-new tent, fresh acts and a never-before seen show!

The CIRCUS is a 40-minute show that will take place three times each day at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Daily admission to the CIRCUS is free with your fair admission ticket. The CIRCUS is located beside the Ellison Building near the South Gate entrance.

Hosted by sensational ringmaster and circus veteran Ian Garden, the CIRCUS will feature a renowned lineup of traditional and unique circus acts, including:

  • Renaldo (clown)
  • American Cyclones (motorcycle and trapeze)
  • Zeman Duo (roller skating)
  • Disharmony (trapeze)
  • Anna Dangerous (whips and arrows)
  • Yulia and her Flying Pole (aerial pole)
  • Gravity Arts X Wall (LED trampoline acrobatics)
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Sensational ringmaster and circus veteran, Ian Garden, will host the 40-minute long production. Garden will be joined by an esteemed international cast of acts.

Please note: Acts are subject to change without notice.

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Originally from Brazil, The Urias Family built their first motorcycle globe in 1912 and began performing all around the world, winning countless awards showing their daredevil skills, riding their motorcycles 40 to 45 miles an hour all around and upside down in a 16 foot steep sphere. Through 4 generations, the Urias have innovated and accomplished many firsts in this daredevil act, including first to have 3 motorcycles riding inside simultaneously, first to have a lady in the middle of the chaos, and first motorcycle globe to perform with Ringling Brothers Circus. Often referred to as the first family of the Globe, they now featuring the only 4th generation Globe stunt riders in the world.

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Originally starting out competing in sports acrobatics, sisters, Olga and Mariya Surnina have been performing acrobatics and aerial artistry together since they were little girls growing up in Kazakhstan, and then showcasing their skills all around the world. Recently coming back together, they have created an incredibly original act, combining contortion, hand balancing and dance and moving together as one, as only sisters could! Amazing audiences at entertainment events all over the world, Duo Surnina are at their best displaying their strength, flexibility, balance and beauty.

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Carlos Morales made his Circus Debut in Argentina at the tender age of 13.

Now at 28 years of age he is a seasoned pro, with cat like reflexes.

Carlos has been performing this dare Devil thrill act for 10 years now and has been featured on many shows including Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Carlos is making his South Carolina State Fair Debut and we promise you will be amazed.






Viki and Richie are multi-generational jugglers hailing from Budapest Hungary. They have spent their whole lives touring in circuses and shows around the globe. Performing a high speed juggling act, they are excited to bring there talents to the South Carolina State Fair!

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Alex Petrov will boggle your mind with his gravity defying antics. He is a multitalented circus performer with a long performance resume that includes everything from acrobatic feats to animal husbandry. You’ll be turning your head as you watch him in this one of a kind act he created to blow the human mind.

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