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150th Celebration Plans


Prize Winning Memories

    This year, the South Carolina State Fair theme is “Prize Winning Memories” in honor of it's 150th Anniversary. Fair guests will be invited to enjoy 150th anniversary cake as the gates open on Oct. 9...while supplies last.

    Prize Winning Memories

Free Daily Circus

    A free "CIRCUS at the Fair" under a 48-foot tall Big Top tent beside the Ellison Building near the South Gate Entrance. There will be three shows daily. The circus will feature motorcycle stunts, acrobatic and high-wire acts, rescue dog performances, camels, clowns and more. Show daily at 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

    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

    Pepsi Logo

Brookgreen Gardens

    Murrells Inlet, S.C. -- home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country -- will feature a selection of these works in the Cantey Building. The focal point of the Brookgreen exhibit, Prize-Winning Sculpture - Award-Winning Gardens in "Pledge of Allegiance" by Glenna Goodacre. This sculpture will be flanked by several other works of art and artistic garden designs. A display of artistic beauties from Brookgreen Gardens, a jewel from South Carolina’s coast.

    Brookgreen Gardens

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.

    Cancellation Stamp

150 Years History Book

    Visit South Carolina's well-known historian, Rodger Stroup, in the Cantey Building daily to learn more about the 150-year history of the SC State Fair and to purchase an autographed copy of the book he authored, “Meet Me at the Rocket”. Rodger will be available at book signings during and after the fair.

    Meet Me at the Rocket by Roger Stroup

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.

    Amerian Heritage Museum (1)

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.

    Dennis Lee Band

FRED, the Roving Ticket Booth

    FRED will visit various locations in South Carolina between Sept. 4 and Oct. 8, selling discount fair tickets and celebrating the 150th anniversary. Visitors to the booth can spin a wheel for a chance to win a prize. For a list of locations and times visit findfred.org. 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”


Meet at The Rocket

    The iconic Rocket will be decorated in celebration of its 50th birthday (originally erected on the S.C. State Fairgrounds in 1969). We are going to sing Happy Birthday to the Rocket each day around 5:45 p.m. following the ceremony honoring a Veteran. 

    State Fair Rocket