S.C. State Fair manager Nancy L. Smith receives national honorary degree as champion of agriculture

(Dec. 19, 2018 - Columbia, S.C.) – South Carolina State Fair general manager, Nancy L. Smith, recently was awarded an honorary American FFA Degree by the National FFA Organization.

The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education.

Smith was one of three South Carolinians to be awarded the national honorary degree this year.

“Keeping the state in touch with its agricultural roots remains at the heart of what we do at the South Carolina State Fair, so it is especially gratifying to be presented this honorary degree,” Smith said.

Smith has worked with the South Carolina State Fair for more than 30 years. She began in the fair's home and craft department in 1983 and eventually was named superintendent of that department. She assumed a full-time position in 2000 as director of entertainment and exhibits and continued in that position until being named assistant general manager in January of 2007 and general manager in January of 2018.

The South Carolina State Fair, which hosted 443,712 attendees in 2018, will run Oct. 9-20, 2019.

The fair will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019 with a variety of special initiatives and programming.


The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating South Carolina's young adults, and awards more than $300,000 in scholarships each year.

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