Fall fun is on the way as excitement about the 2017 Orangeburg County Fair begins to mount.
Rides, games, food and entertainment are on tap for the popular event, which is scheduled for Oct. 3-8.
The fair will be open at the fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Lunch will be available at the fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Fair admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Parking is $2, except between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday when it will be free for the lunch crowd, provided they drive in at the lower gate on Magnolia Street.
Florida-based Prime Time Amusements LLC will be the new midway provider, with 40 rides to be featured this year. A Mega Drop Zone will be a new addition this year, where riders will be taken skyward and dropped in free fall.
Bounce houses will be available for children under 36 inches tall.
Mega Passes before the fair will be sold at the Orangeburg Piggly Wiggly, the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce and Calhoun Auto Works. Mega Passes, which are $50, will allow individuals to have unlimited rides each day of the fair. Advance admission tickets, which allow entry every day of the fair, are $25.
New entertainment this year will include Lew-E the Clown, Cowboy Danny Grant and his cowboy tricks and circus skills, and ventriloquist Gene Cordova. Balloon sculpturist Dewayne Reynolds will also be back.
On the fair's opening night, Orangeburg's Sunshine Recycling owner Joe Rich, who is a certified skydiver, will present a skydiving show.
Food will be a big draw again this year. New vendor fare will include fried green tomatoes and fried pickles. Favorites such as elephant ears and cotton candy will return, along with fried alligator tail for those with more adventurous palates.
Exhibits will feature the work of local artists, including juniors; ornamental horticulture, quilts and canned goods as well as the 4-H backyard poultry project.
Competitive events to check out will be the 4-H/FFA Youth Dairy Heifer Show, the Commercial Dairy Heifer Show, the Youth Beef Cattle Show, the Youth Barrow Show and the Meat Goat Project Show. In addition, a Tractor Show will be held near the back of the fairgrounds on Wednesday.
The Orangeburg County Fair, which is marking its 106th year, is one of the longest running fairs in the country. Originally, the event primarily focused on celebrating local agriculture, but it has evolved into more of an entertainment venue.
For more information about the fair, visit www.orangeburgcountyfair.org.