Worker Sees Major Changes in 42 Years at SC State Fair - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Worker Sees Major Changes in 42 Years at SC State Fair

Posted: Updated:

After 42 years on the job at the South Carolina State Fair, John LaSchuma has seen a lot of really big changes.

"When we started out, it was mainly dirt and sawdust on the midway and now just about everything is paved. So much of the water and electricity and the systems like that that you take for granted have really been developed and upgraded," he says.

He's worked almost entirely at different gates throughout his time at the fair, and even those have changed tremendously.

"The efforts that the South Carolina State Fair has gone to ensure public safety at the fairgrounds, I think that needs to be noted," he says. "The metal detectors. The fact that after 6 o'clock, any patron under 16 years old and not escorted by an adult is not allowed in. It's not a matter of us just throwing the gates open. We're trying to protect everybody here."

He works only the 12 days the fair is open. Even that has changed; it used to be 10 days.

So what keeps him coming back after more than four decades?

"The whole idea of 42 years of people-watching and seeing all the different things that you happen to see. That you know when you come back to the fair this year, before it's over, you're going to see something that you've never seen before," he says.

He says one of the funniest memories is the year that a young couple got married on the Ferris wheel, not because of the unusual wedding but what happened later. "The couple that had gotten married, halfway through the fair they split up," he explains. The bride went to Jaco's, which is right across the street from the fairgrounds, and was with another man. The groom then went there and told his wife he couldn't live without her and said he would kill himself.

Fair workers then heard tires screeching and saw a car stopping because someone was lying in the middle of the road. LaSchuma says after the groom had told his bride he was going to kill himself, "she said, 'Well, if you're gonna do it, do it where we can all see it.' And they all walked out on the balcony to watch him lay out in the road and get run over. But he couldn't do it. He'd always raise his hand before somebody got there." That's when LaSchuma and the other fair workers had heard the commotion in the street. "We finally got him out of the road, though."

  • Women looking to sell positive pregnancy tests online

    Women looking to sell positive pregnancy tests online

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:36:41 GMT
    It's true that you can buy just about everything online.One Charleston woman is using her pregnancy for financial gain and she's not alone. Women around the country are posting ads on Craigslist for positive pregnancy tests.Cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Houston have dozens of listings for as little as $1.00. The Charleston ad suggests a price of $40 for the positive test, but claims price is negotiable. Another woman in Myrtle Beach will sell it for half that price. News 2 sp...
    It's true that you can buy just about everything online.One Charleston woman is using her pregnancy for financial gain and she's not alone. Women around the country are posting ads on Craigslist for positive pregnancy tests.Cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Houston have dozens of listings for as little as $1.00. The Charleston ad suggests a price of $40 for the positive test, but claims price is negotiable. Another woman in Myrtle Beach will sell it for half that price. News 2 sp...
  • Woman Accused Of Biting Repo Man Is A Repeat Offender

    Woman Accused Of Biting Repo Man Is A Repeat Offender

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:09:22 GMT

    Lakeisha Smith has turned herself in this morning and has been charged with third degree assault and battery.

    Lakeisha Smith has turned herself in this morning and has been charged with third degree assault and battery.

  • Charleston County deputies to investigate officer involved shooting

    Charleston County deputies to investigate officer involved shooting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:16:48 GMT
    Major Eric Watson with the Charleston County sheriffs office tells News 2 they’ve been called in by SLED to investigate an officer involved shooting in St. George.We're told SLED and the US Marshall's task force was there to serve a warrant just before 11 Tuesday morning at 114 Winningham Road at the Southern Inn. We're told the suspect from Connecticut is wanted for murder and probation violation. There was a short pursuit in the parking lot before the suspect drew a weapon and 2 SLED agents...
    Major Eric Watson with the Charleston County sheriffs office tells News 2 they’ve been called in by SLED to investigate an officer involved shooting in St. George.We're told SLED and the US Marshall's task force was there to serve a warrant just before 11 Tuesday morning at 114 Winningham Road at the Southern Inn. We're told the suspect from Connecticut is wanted for murder and probation violation. There was a short pursuit in the parking lot before the suspect drew a weapon and 2 SLED agents...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.