The 2019 South Carolina State Fair closed the gates on the 150th anniversary fair after welcoming 416,320 guests during the 12-day run.

“We are so grateful to all our patrons who came out to help us celebrate this special anniversary event,” said State Fair manager, Nancy Smith. “This fair really belongs to the residents of South Carolina, and this year we were able to showcase many of the things that have long made the fair special to so many people.”

The 2019 S.C. State Fair featured several exhibits and promotions honoring the 150th anniversary. Among those were a special pictorial cancellation stamp by the United States Postal Service; a published history of the fair, “Meet Me at the Rocket” by historian Rodger Stroup; and a S.C. State Fair “Prize-Winning Memories” wall in the Ellison Building.

Along with many of the traditional favorites, the 2019 fair featured a free daily CIRCUS at the Fair, which performed to capacity crowds throughout the fair’s run in a 1,300-seat arena. The hour-long shows ran three times each day under a 48-foot big top tent beside the Ellison Building. 

“We appreciate everyone’s support of the fair,” Smith said. “We will continue to build on what we have to provide an even better fair in the years to come, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”

The 2020 South Carolina State Fair will be October 14-25.