SC State Fair – Columbia, South Carolina

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Every October, people of all ages descend upon our capital city, Columbia, to attend the South Carolina State Fair. The wide variety of exhibits, thrilling rides, and unique food – such as chocolate-covered bacon, doughnut burgers, and even fried coke – draws visitors from near and far!

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The State Agricultural and Mechanical Society of South Carolina, a non-profit group with origins dating back to 1839, is credited with the establishment of the South Carolina State Fair and continues to operate it today. It is important to note that even though it’s called the “State Fair,” it’s actually not state owned and receives no financial support from state government.

The society’s main objective is to “promote the material, educational, agricultural, and industrial interests of the state.” They achieve this by donating the majority of their proceeds to charities in South Carolina.

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The fairgrounds were originally located on Elmwood Avenue in Columbia. When the Civil War broke out, the buildings on the fairgrounds were used by confederate forces to manufacture ammunition. Consequently, the buildings were burned down in 1865 when Sherman’s army marched through Columbia.

The Agricultural and Mechanical Society reconstructed the buildings with money received from selling life memberships to their club. The fair soon outgrew its home on Elmwood and moved to its current location on Bluff Road in 1904. Williams-Brice Stadium, home of South Carolina’s fighting Gamecocks, was built across the street from the fair in 1934. The fairgrounds have since become an important part of the school’s tailgating tradition. Many fall weekends in Columbia include a trip to the fair and a college football game.

Today, the South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical Society owns six buildings which offer more than 125,000 square feet of exhibit space. Shows and events are held here throughout the entire year, but the fair is by far the most popular event. Over 600,000 people attend the fair annually.

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Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC

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14 Comments about SC State Fair

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 9th, 2015 at 8:31 am

Hi, Irma! The website for the fair is listed above the map. Hopefully, someone there will be able to answer your question. Good luck!

Irma FloydNo Gravatar says:
October 8th, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Do you have battery operated chairs for rent for handicapped?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
June 25th, 2015 at 8:39 am

Hi, Joyce! A website for the fair is posted above the map. Best of luck!

Joyce LuddingtonNo Gravatar says:
June 25th, 2015 at 7:45 am

Would love to enter a quilt in the Fair, but do not know how to find the entry forms. Please help.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 23rd, 2014 at 8:27 am

Hello, Melody. There is a website for the State Fair above the map. I hope that helps.

Melody PriesterNo Gravatar says:
October 22nd, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Hello, I had a few questions about your fair.

Carlos Calderon says:
September 28th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Just wanted to share and invite you to a hiring event this coming Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, to help hundreds of Columbia, West Columbia, and the adjacent area residents looking for jobs. It will be a pleasure to have you at the National Guard Armory, 1221 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC.

jazmineNo Gravatar says:
April 29th, 2014 at 11:37 am

I have lived in Columbia, SC, my entire life and I have great memories of fun and eating awesome food at the SC State Fair. It just doesn’t feel like fall or the holidays until you’ve gone to the fair!!!! Can’t wait for SC State Fair 2014!!! Thank you, SC, and our SC law enforcement!!!

LeighNo Gravatar says:
October 29th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I “got my happy” by enjoying myself at the South Carolina State Fair again this year. My favorites are the exhibits and the Carousel.

Majit LaredoNo Gravatar says:
October 19th, 2012 at 11:21 am

See you at the rocket! (Nothing says family fun like an intermediate range thermonuclear ballistic missile!)

PegNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Really missed “Vocal Trash” this year. They are good!

BryantNo Gravatar says:
October 14th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

This is always a special time to spend enjoying the South Carolina State Fair. This is a good time to give back to this great city
of Columbia in a special way. My family and I always enjoy all the rides, shows, people, and can’t forget the food.
Go South Carolina State Fair, You Rock.

PegNo Gravatar says:
September 19th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

SC State Fair is the highlight of Fall for me!

MyaNo Gravatar says:
November 2nd, 2011 at 4:08 pm


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