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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Carolina State Fair is 12 days of fun from October 12 – 23, 2022.

Fair hours vary from day to day. Visit our Hours & Directions page to see admission, ride and building hours.  

Save money and buy tickets ahead of time either online or at participating Circle K locations. Visit our Ticket Page for more information. 

View our Fair Rules & Safety page to see what items are prohibited. 

View our Parking page to see your parking options. 

Visa and MasterCard credit, debit cards and cash.  No checks.

Fairgoer safety has always been our number one priority. Each year, in an effort to improve public safety, all policies and procedures are evaluated. This measure will enhance safety both inside and outside of the SC State Fair.

A clear bag is easily and quickly searched, greatly reduces faulty bag searches and allows for a more efficient and effective process in checking bags that are brought into the SC State Fair.

For 2022, clear bags will be available at the gates for fairgoers to empty their belongings into before they enter the security checkpoint. Fairgoers also have the option to return their bags to their vehicle before entering.

Exceptions are typically granted for medically necessary items or diaper bags after proper inspection.

Please email  During the fair, feel free to stop by Guest Relations located near the Rocket.

Email or call 803-799-3387.  During the fair, feel free to stop by Guest Relations located near the Rocket.

We recommend you drop pedestrians off at the North Gate,  1200 Rosewood Drive, across from Seawell’s.

Yes. ATM’s will be located throughout the fairgrounds.

Please go to for more information.

We would love to hear your favorite fair story or tradition.  Please email and give us the details!

Read more about what is beyond rides and food.

Please email or call 803-799-3387 during normal office hours.

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