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Fair Entry

This Year at the Fair

Fair Admission

  • Advance (Sept. 4 through Oct. 8) $7
  • During Fair, $10
  • Opening Day/October 9, $1 (pay at fairgrounds only)
  • Military, FREE - Active and retired military and their dependents (with proper military ID cards). Dependent children 10 years and older must present ID
  • 0-5 years old - FREE
  • Senior (55 and older) - $7 (pay at fairgrounds only)

Fair Rules & Youth Policy

Ride Vouchers

  • Advance (Sept. 4 through Oct. 8), $25
  • During Fair, $30
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday (at fairgrounds), $35
  • 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.


Where to Buy

Online, FRED, Circle K and the Early Bird Ticket Window.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 4th!

Ticket Info

This Year's Deals

All Ticket Deals

Ticket deals during the fair

Where is it?

Fairground Map

Fairgrounds Map

Where are the animals? Is there a bathroom nearby? Find your way around.


$5 parking, cash only. All parking fees help support our scholarship program.


Shuttle - Catch the Comet

Each Friday, Saturday & Sunday 

Visitors to this year's SC State Fair will have a new weekend shuttle option for getting to the fairgrounds and can receive a complimentary $5 food voucher in the process. The Comet bus system in Columbia will provide shuttle service between the South Carolina State Museum at 301 Gervais St. and the fairgrounds each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fair.

The shuttle will leave the museum each hour from noon until 10 p.m. with hourly return trips from the fair from 1 p.m. to midnight each weekend day except the final Sunday (Oct. 20). On the final Sunday, the shuttles will leave the museum on the hour from noon to 8 p.m. with hourly return trips from the fair from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking is free at the South Carolina State Museum and each passenger will receive a $5 food voucher to be used at any food concession stand on the fairgrounds.


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