SC State Fair welcomes 19,307 guests on opening day

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina State Fair welcomed 19,307 guests to the fairgrounds Wednesday, Oct. 10 as guests braved scattered rains and cloudy skies in advance of the expected tropical storm.

While the opening-day figures fell short of the 31,821 guests last year, it marked the second-highest opening day with rain since the fair added an extra day in 2006.

“We are delighted that nearly 20,000 folks came out to help us usher in our 149th anniversary fair despite the weather conditions,” said State Fair manager, Nancy Smith. “Our expectations are for another great fair.”

Local entertainer Tokyo Joe kicked off this year’s Pepsi Grandstand concert series as he presented Rocketman – A Tribute to Elton John before an enthusiastic crowd.

The fair will be closed Thursday, Oct. 11 as the tropical storm system moves through the area but will resume a full schedule Friday, Oct. 12, when gates open at 11 a.m.

“The long-range forecast is promising some very fair-friendly weather, so our hope is that everyone will stay safe on Thursday and then come out and join us this weekend and in the days to come,” Smith said.

The Scotty McCreery concert originally planned for Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Pepsi Grandstand concert series has been moved to 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Patrons can use their Scotty McCreery tickets on the new date, and tickets remain on sale for the new date at

“We know how much fans were looking forward to this concert, and we appreciate Scotty McCreery’s management team being so flexible and working with us to get this show rescheduled,” Smith said. “We look forward to having him perform next week as we know so many others do.”

The South Carolina State Fair continues through Oct. 21 at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard.

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating South Carolina's young adults, with $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually.

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