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150th Celebration Plans


Prize Winning Memories

    This year, the South Carolina State Fair theme is “Prize Winning Memories”

    Prize Winning Memories

Free Daily Circus

    A free circus with three shows daily, featuring motorcycle stunts, acrobatic and high-wire acts, rescue dog performances, camels, clowns and more

    Circus Graphic

Free Daily Concerts

    Free daily concerts in a new Pepsi Place 1,000-seat arena near the Nutt Cattle Arena, featuring local and regional artists. For more information, check out our entertainment page here

Brookgreen Gardens

    A display of artistic beauties from Brookgreen Gardens, a jewel from South Carolina’s coast. More details on this display to come

Collectors Items

    Collectors’ items including a special pictorial postal cancellation stamp marking the fair’s 150th anniversary, a limited-edition coin and four unique posters commemorating the occasion

150 Years History Book

    South Carolina author and historian Rodger Stroup has written a book about the history of the fair that will be published in September 2019. The book is called “Meet Me at the Rocket” and will be available at book signings during and after the fair

Favorite Memories Wall

    A South Carolina State Fair memory wall displaying guest-submitted images and quotes. To be included, fair patrons can email their memories or photos to favoritememory@scstatefair.org

Expanded Heritage Village

    An expanded Heritage Village - featuring historic cultural exhibits like pottery, bowl turning, broom-making, leather works and a blacksmith, moves to Hampton Plaza and will feature snapshots of yesteryear

New Entertainment Tent

    A new entertainment tent near the South gate with acts such as Dennis Lee, Ron Diamond, Mission Critical Band, Columbia Choral Society, local schools and much more. See our entertainment page for details

Win Tickets!

    Tell us what the SC State Fair means to you in a short video, and you could win two admission tickets to the fair. More information at scstatefair.org/video-contest

Outdoor Movie

    On Friday, July 12, there will be a free outdoor screening of “The Greatest Showman.” The community is invited to attend, and there will be food trucks and brews

Meet at The Rocket

    The notable rocket on the fairgrounds is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and will be decorated in a surprise fashion

    State Fair Rocket


    FRED, the fair’s roving ticket booth, will visit various locations in South Carolina between Sept. 4 and Oct. 8, selling discount fair tickets and celebrating the 150th anniversary. New this year, FRED will come to life as a mascot. FRED stands for “follow the fun, ride the rides, eat the food, dazzle the mind”


Main Street Festivities

    Before 1904, the South Carolina State Fair midway was located on Main Street. Watch for upcoming fun and fabulous news of how we are going to celebrate our 150th anniversary on Columbia’s Main Street