When most people think of the South Carolina State Fair, exhibits, fair food, rides and farm animals often come to mind. Those who have been around for awhile will also recognize the familiar call of "Meet Me At The Rocket." This refrain has been broadcast over speakers at the South Carolina State Fair for generations, beckoning friends and families to meet at the iconic rocket that sits at the entrance of the State Fairgrounds. In honor of this tradition, the them of the 154th South Carolina State Fair is Meet me at the Rocket! Join with friends and family from October 11-22.
Sensory Friendly Morning
The lights and sounds of the South Carolina State Fair will be a little lower from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 13, when the S.C. State Fair hosts its first ever Sensory-Friendly Morning. During this time, the S.C. State Fair will create an environment designed with children and adults with autism or sensory processing disorders in mind. The goal for the morning is to enable families who have a member, whether child or adult, with special needs to visit, explore and enjoy the fair. Visitors can explore the animals, get on rides with no music or lights and enjoy quiet and more peaceful strolling acts. Food vendors open at 11 a.m. and the new cookies and cream topped funnel cakes and elephant ears may be the perfect treat.
Be immersed into the life of the world’s most beloved Princess at the Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition, a walkthrough documentary capturing some of the most iconic and intimate moments in Royal Family history. Embark on a journey through Princess Diana’s life from a perspective you’ve never heard before – hers. For the first time in his 60-year-career, Princess Diana’s favorite Official Royal Photographer and trusted companion, Anwar Hussein, shares the untold stories of Royal life and the Princess that we could not take our eyes off.
Remembering our Fallen
Discover this traveling tribute to our military fallen from the Global War on Terror, Remembering Our Fallen, a photographic war memorial showcases 34 tribute towers, honoring not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice but also those who served in combat zones and succumbed to invisible wounds. Additionally, a tribute tower has been included to pay homage to our brave military personnel who tragically lost their lives in stateside or non-combat training accidents. Join us in honoring their service and sacrifice at the profound memorial.
Whether you’re an adventurous foodie seeking unique combinations or someone who craves the comfort of fair classics, this year’s S.C. State Fair selection of 13 new food and drink options will offer something for everyone and all taste buds to enjoy. From the savory South Carolina BBQ, Mexican Street Corn Sundae, or Dill Pickle Pizza to the sweet Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake and Fried S'mores, you're sure to leave full and happy.
Beyond the Fairgrounds
The impact of the South Carolina State Fair goes far beyond the 11-day festivities. The fair provides 50 scholarships of $10,000 to South Carolina high school graduates planning to attend college in the state. The Ride of Your Life scholarship has awarded nearly $50 million in scholarship funds since 1997.