COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — As the state works to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the South Carolina State Fair has opened in Columbia, a welcome diversion for many people. The fair opened on Wednesday and will run through Oct. 23.
The 147th annual State Fair includes several new foods, three new rides and plenty of other activities. Assistant general manager Nancy Smith says fair officials expect about 500,000 to attend this year.
“We’re excited to open our 147th fair” said South Carolina State Fair General Manager, Gary Goodman. “Our staff worked hard through the challenges posed by Hurricane Matthew to ensure we were prepared for opening day.”
Advance admission tickets are $7 and $10 during the fair. Advance discount ride vouchers are $25 ($30 during the fair and $35 on Saturdays and Sundays at the fairgrounds).
The 2016 South Carolina State Fair, which was organized in 1869, runs Oct. 12- 23 at the fairgounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard.