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It’s the South Carolina State Fair’s 150th birthday, and the award-winning organization — a nonprofit awarding $300,000 in scholarships per year across South Carolina — has pulled out all the stops to ensure that this year’s event, Oct. 9-20, will be brimming with prize-winning memories. There is no increase in ticket prices this year, even with a new free daily circus, a new free concert series featuring regional acts and a slew of 150th anniversary activities and exhibits.

Purchase discount tickets through Oct. 8 at participating Circle K stores, at the State Fair’s North Gate on Rosewood Drive, via FRED the roving ticket booth, or online at http://www.scstatefair.org/.

“We are so grateful for 150 years of support from our community, and we want the whole state to come and celebrate with us. Our team has been working nonstop with local, national and international partners to make this year’s event the most memorable in our history,” said Nancy Smith, S.C. State Fair General Manager. “We have a lot of very special attractions, entertainment and exhibits lined up to celebrate a very special birthday, so this is a year that you will not want to miss.”

$1 admission

Admission on opening day, Oct. 9, is only $1 in cash, and guests pay at the gate upon arrival.

Free circus

The circus is in town three times a day at the S.C. State Fair. The headlining entertainment at the 2019 S.C. State Fair is a free daily “CIRCUS at the Fair,” with three one hour-long shows each day under a 48-foot big top tent, crafted in Italy, beside the Ellison Building near the South Gate entrance. Shows begin at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and are included with an admission ticket. Each show features a variety of stunning entertainment from a renowned lineup of traditional and unique circus acts including the High Wire, the Wheel of Destiny, the Globe of Death, the Trained Dog Show, Duo Silks aerialists, America’s Show Camels, and a dazzling international cast with Ringmaster Ian Garden. View details at https://www.scstatefair.org/entertainment/circus.

Celebration Wheel ride

Visitors will see lots of action under the big top tent, but what about high above it? North American Midway Entertainment is debuting, for the first time in North America, its “150 Celebration Wheel,” a 150-foot giant Ferris wheel. The ride includes 36 temperature-regulated gondolas, creating a lofty encounter that fairgoers can experience over and over again. Each gondola carries six people on a luxurious journey to new heights never seen before at the South Carolina State Fair.

The 150 Celebration wheel costs extra to ride, and it is not included in the Pay-One-Price wristband or fast pass promotion. Buy early and save on the cost of the 150 Celebration Wheel! Discount passes can be purchased online through Oct.r 8 at https://www.scstatefair.org/attractions/rides.

Free concerts and more

New this year, free concerts featuring a wide variety of genres will be held on stages throughout the fairgrounds, with popular acts on the Pepsi Place stage including The Tams, The Restoration, The Latin Caravan, Tokyo Joe, JJ Hairston, Reggie Sullivan, Eloveation, Swim in the Wild and more. View the full lineup at https://www.scstatefair.org/entertainment.

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