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 cola – draws visitors from near and far!

SC State Fair
© Paul Gowder of Lexington

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.

© Paul Gowder of Lexington

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.

Many thanks to photographer and frequent contributor Paul Gowder of Lexington for submitting these wonderful pictures to SCIWAY! If you have any photos or information to add about SC fairs, we'd love to hear from you!

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South Carolina State Fair
Columbia – October 12-23, 2011

The crisp, fall weather means its fair time again, and this year's fair just may be the best one yet. Find out everything you need to know including concert schedules, rides, food, shows, online ticket purchases and more! See ALL South Carolina state and county fairs here.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of October's SC Events
Statewide – October 1-31, 2011

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