Free, Daily Circus and More New Attractions Highlight South Carolina State Fair’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 15, 2019 - The South Carolina State Fair is adding a mix of new attractions to this year’s event in celebration of its 150th anniversary fair, which has been themed “Prize Winning Memories,” Oct. 9-20, in Columbia.

The S.C. State Fair will showcase a free, daily “CIRCUS at the Fair,” featuring colorful shows under a 1,300-seat big top with live performances including high-wire artists, daredevil motorists, clowns and more. The hour-long show will take place three times each day throughout the run of the fair. There is no additional cost for attending the circus, which is free with fair admission.

“We want to offer our patrons even more ways to enjoy the fair with their families this year, and this circus will combine a mix of the new with nostalgic entertainment that has captivated our state through the years,” said State Fair General Manager Nancy Smith.

Guests will also experience their favorite Midway rides, fried treats, blue-ribbon produce, musical acts and more at this year’s fair.

“Our State Fair is a celebration of everything that is great about South Carolina, and we are excited to put that greatness on display again during our special 150th anniversary event,” Smith said.

Music will continue to play a central role in this year’s S.C. State Fair. There will be free, daily concerts in the 1,000-seat Pepsi Place arena featuring local and regional artists.

“Our musical acts have long been a mainstay in the S.C. State Fair’s entertainment lineup, and we wanted to build on this tradition by widening our net to include more home-grown artists,” Smith said.

Other notable features of this year’s fair include a special pictorial postal cancellation stamp marking the 150th anniversary, a history of the S.C. State Fair, and a display of fair memorabilia.

Traditional favorites also will return for the 150th anniversary fair, including a Midway with 70+ rides, nearly 70 food stands, arts & crafts displays, pig races, livestock exhibits, stage shows and roving grounds entertainment. This year’s fair also will feature an expanded Heritage Village with historic cultural exhibits offering snapshots of yesteryear.

“We are always seeking ways to improve and enhance the fair each year,” said Smith. “The new attractions that prove to be most popular could be added to our list of traditional offerings in future years.”

There will be no price increases for this year’s S.C. State Fair.

Since its inception in 1869, the fair has continued to promote and celebrate its agricultural roots with a mix of entertainment, food, rides and educational activities while featuring artistic and agricultural exhibits and competitors from across South Carolina.

“Every county across the state will be represented during this year’s fair,” Smith said. “We are very excited to mark this historic occasion. It is our hope that visitors from across the state will join us as we continue to showcase South Carolina.”

Discount admission and ride tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 4. For more information on ticket sales and general fair information, visit

About the South Carolina State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair, a self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was organized in 1869 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. The South Carolina State Fair has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships since 1997.

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