COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – The South Carolina State Fair saw huge crowds this year, despite some losses due to bad weather from Tropical Storm Michael during its opening days.
More than 443,000 people attended the 12-day event, marking a significant increase over last year. That’s after the fair closed for a day as Tropical Storm Michael passed through the state.
The South Carolina State Fair helps support education efforts across the state. Every year, organizers hand out over $300,000 in scholarships.
Next year, the fair will celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Meantime, the Coast Carolina Fair is getting ready to kick-off in Ladson. It also raises money for local charities, scholarships, and various community needs.
Organizers with the Coast Carolina Fair say they were able to offer more than $800,000 in support to more than 90 worthy organizations and students in the Lowcountry in 2017.
The Coast Carolina Fair typically welcomes around 300,000 attendees each year. Gates open Thursday, October 25th and runs through November 4th.