To protect everyone's safety and security, we ask that all of our guests follow our rules and policies.
After 6:00 pm, everyone under the age of 18 is required to be accompanied by a parent to enter the fairgrounds.
We may ask for ID as proof of age. Anyone under 18 without ID who is not accompanied by a parent will not be admitted after 6:00 pm.
Anyone wearing clothing or jewelry or other personal items that fair management deems offensive or gang-related will not be allowed on the fairgrounds. Exceptions and challenges will be answered at the discretion of fair management.
Our visitors' safety is our top concern. Surveillance cameras will be operating throughout the fairgrounds every day of the fair. The property is under jurisdiction of the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department, and about 200 law enforcement officials are on the grounds during the fair.
We reserve the right to search your person and all personal items upon your arrival.
Drones and unmanned aircraft systems are strictly forbidden on or above fairground property, in compliance with FAA regulations and out of concern for our guests' safety. Fairground events are close to Hamilton-Owens airport, Williams-Brice stadium, and other public gatherings where drones may pose a threat to safety and security. Law enforcement officials will be notified immediately if this policy is violated.
Soliciting, selling raffle tickets, and posting handbills is strictly prohibited, and is in violation of state statutes and city ordinances.
Smoking is strictly prohibited in these areas: Buildings, Kiddieland, viewing stands, tents, livestock barns and surrounding areas, and horse arena.
Smile! Photo, video and audio may be taken for promotional purposes. By entering the S.C. State Fairgrounds, you consent, waive all rights to royalties and release the S.C. State Fair of any liability. You agree to your likeness used, published or reproduced in any and all media which can be used, now or in the future, for any purpose by or in connection with the SC State Fair, its sponsors, organizers and providers. For additional information or to opt out of this agreement, consent, waiver and release, please visit guest services or call 803-799-3387.