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Important updates at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds

November 12, 2020

We are bringing back “Carolina Lights”, our drive-through holiday light show.

The lights will run 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The light show will be closed on Christmas Day.

Patrons should enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. To ensure safety and control the flow of traffic, visitors will not be allowed to exit their vehicles.

Find details here and follow @scstatefair on social media.

The fairgrounds continue to be closed at this time to the general public. Should you need us, please call 803-799-3387 or use the direct contact information for the department or staff member you would like to reach.

Please check our event listing for up-to-date information.

October 1, 2020

In an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit South Carolina State Fair will host its first-ever free, Drive-Through S.C. State Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10 am until 8 pm. In conjunction with the drive-through fair, guests can separately drive-through and purchase popular fair foods on Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 am until 8 pm. Find details here and follow @scstatefair on social media.

The fairgrounds continue to be closed at this time to the general public. Should you need us, please call 803-799-3387 or use the direct contact information for the department or staff member you would like to reach.

Please check our event listing for up-to-date information.

July 29, 2020

In an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit South Carolina State Fair will host its first-ever free, Drive-Through S.C. State Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21. As details are finalized, we will share on our website and @scstatefair on social media. Click here for full press release

The fairgrounds continue to be closed at this time to the general public. Should you need us, please call 803-799-3387 or use the direct contact information for the department or staff member you would like to reach.

Please check our event listing for up-to-date information.

July 8, 2020

Understandably, the current public health situation has generated many questions about the status of the 2020 fair. Rest assured, there is no higher priority than the safety of our loyal fair guests, partners, participants and community. We are and will continue to closely monitor the directives of local and national health agencies to determine the best course of action for the health and well-being of our fair community at large.

We will make an informed decision about whether or not to hold the fair as scheduled based on what’s best for the health and safety of our community. Please check scstatefair.org for updates.

June 19, 2020

We are moving forward with planning for our October 14-25 fair. Like everyone, we are taking all precautions regarding COVID-19 into consideration as we make our fair plans. 

In order to give us additional time as we move through this process, we are pushing our Competitive Exhibit Call For Entries out one month. With this new timing, the Online Entry System will open Saturday, August 1st, 2020

May 21, 2020

While we are all facing many uncertainties, our team is optimistic and moving forward with preparations and planning for the 2020 South Carolina State Fair. The safety and well-being of our guests, participants, partners and community comes first, so we are closely following the directives of local and national health agencies. Check back here for updates.

As champions of positive change and a better tomorrow, we are dedicated to using our fair facilities and resources to support and serve those affected by COVID-19. For instance, DHEC has hosted their Kroger Health’s Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at the fairgrounds.

The fairgrounds are closed at this time to the general public. Should you need us, please call 803-799-3387 or use the direct contact information for the department or staff member you would like to reach.

Please check our event listing for up-to-date information.

We are grateful for the community’s patience and support as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are looking forward to celebrating with you soon.

March, 20, 2020

While things are quiet here on the fairgrounds, and you may not hear from us for a bit, please know that our team is working hard preparing to welcome you to one of our state’s most treasured traditions – the South Carolina State Fair, October 14-25, 2020. Hang in there, South Carolina.

Based on recent CDC guidelines, all events taking place on the fairgrounds through May 10 have been canceled or postponed.

Until further notice, access to the State Fair buildings will be limited to staff and requested deliveries. We are available via phone or email. Please use the direct contact information for the department or staff you are trying to reach. You can also use our general phone number of 803-799-3387 or general email at geninfo@scstatefair.org.

Our 2020 Ride of Your Life Scholarship recipients will be announced on May 15, 2020.

Please watch this page for further updates.

See last years recipients!

2019 Scholarship Winners

50 SC students who excel in academics, extracurriculars, and community service.