Oct. 9-20, 2024



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Parking is available in the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park at the Fairgrounds.

Enter through Gate 6 (901 George Rogers Blvd) or Gate 10 (901 Bluff Rd).

$10 Parking*

$10 per vehicle.  Payment via credit/debit cards only.  No convenience fees.  No returns.

*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 ONLY, parking is offered for $20 per vehicle.  Payment via credit/debit cards only. No convenience fees. No returns. This is the date of the USC vs. UF football game.  See more details below.

Enter through Gate 6 (901 George Rogers Blvd.) or Gate 10 (901 Bluff Rd).

Parking entrances may close when the lot is full. 

Did You Know? All proceeds from parking go to help S.C. students through our Ride of your Life Scholarship program.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is $10 per vehicle ($20 on Sat., Oct. 14).  Payment via credit/debit cards only Accessible parking is available at Gate 6 (901 George Rogers Blvd) and Gate 10 (901 Bluff Rd) along with general parking. Accessible parking will only be given to cars with a state official disability license plate or placard. 

Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drivers who wish to drop off a rider and park are kindly requested to notify a parking attendant, who will provide them with proper directions.

Gameday Parking, Sat., Oct. 14 

Please plan ahead!

Parking on gameday is $20.  Payment via credit card only.  Parking is located at Gate #6 (901 George Rogers Blvd.) and Gate #10 (901 Bluff Rd.).  Please follow the parking staff’s instructions for parking safely and efficiently as you enter the fairgrounds. 

Please Note: Gamecock Club reserved parking does not apply when the S.C. State Fair is in operation.

Tailgating is prohibited.  The Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. will be patrolling the fair parking lot to ensure compliance.

Traffic is unavoidable.  The S.C. State Fair and the University of S.C. do not intentionally schedule the fair and football games at the same time.  We do, however, plan ahead – working closely with the City of Columbia Police and the S.C. Highway Patrol – who will be out in full force on gameday.  Please note: the fairgrounds parking lot will close when capacity reaches levels that could be a detriment to patron safety.

What can you do to limit your delays?

  • If you are planning to leave the fairgrounds, do so well before kickoff.
  • Follow the directions of law enforcement.
  • If you do not have tickets to the football game and can avoid going to the fair on gameday, please consider coming another day.
  • If you go to the football game, consider coming to the fair after the game to avoid traffic delays (if game times allow).
  • Follow @scstatefair on Twitter or Threads for updates on parking and traffic.
  • Pack your patience and plan for extended waits and lengthy delays.

Bus Transit

For an easy drop off, buses can stop at the North Gate on Rosewood Drive just past Gate 1 (close to the rocket). Although buses aren’t permitted to park in this area, drivers can pull up to the gate for an easy dismount.

Parking Map
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