State Fair Accepting Competitive Exhibit Entries

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual competitive exhibits, set to be displayed from October 9-20 during the S.C. State Fair. Exhibitors from across the state are invited to submit their entries by September 1 in various categories for a chance to compete at South Carolina’s largest event.

“We are thrilled to once again bring together the incredible talent and creativity of South Carolinians at this year’s South Carolina State Fair,” said General Manager Nancy Smith. “Our competitive exhibits, a cherished tradition and the heart of our fair, highlight the exceptional skills and artistic achievements of our community. We eagerly anticipate celebrating South Carolina’s rich heritage and showcasing the outstanding works of our talented exhibitors.”

Talent of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Over $300,000 in premiums will be awarded for winning exhibits in categories such as agriculture, art, home and crafts, flowers, livestock, and more. To enter the 2024 competitive exhibits, participants can visit for detailed submission instructions and a comprehensive list of categories.

The S.C. State Fair is a charitable organization committed to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. This year, the fair awarded its largest amount of scholarship money, totaling $530,000 in “Ride of Your Life” scholarships to 53 South Carolina high school students, allowing them to pursue studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state.

The theme for the 2024 S.C. State Fair is “46 Reasons to Celebrate SC.” This year, the fair invites residents and visitors to celebrate the unique essence of the Palmetto State’s 46 counties. In line with this theme, new categories and divisions have been added to the 2024 competitive exhibits, including the Spirit of Carolina awards, which will showcase the best of South Carolina’s beauty and creativity.

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