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S.C. State Fair celebrates full-fledged return

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The 152nd S.C. State Fair welcomed more than 22,000 visitors on opening day. (Photo/Provided)

More than 22,000 visitors helped open the 152nd S.C State Fair this week as the annual event returned in full force after being limited to a drive-through event last year.  

The fair opened Wednesday and welcomed 22,266 guests, according to organizers. Along with a special $5 admission fee, visitors enjoyed rides, food, exhibits and the new CIRCUS at the Fair 40-minute big top show. 

“It was exciting to see our patrons return to what has become a tradition for so many families in our state,” Nancy Smith, S.C. State Fair general manager, said in a news release. “We are committed to doing everything possible to make this, as always, a safe and enjoyable fair.” 

The fair continues through Oct. 24 at the state fairgrounds at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard. The latest COVID-19 guidelines from local government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being followed.  

“Our fair has such a rich history in this state, and we want to showcase what it has meant to so many people for so many years,” Smith said. “We look forward to having our state residents join us over the next 12 days to safely celebrate the best of South Carolina.” 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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