South Carolina State Fair now accepting applications for 2024 competitive exhibits | Community News

The South Carolina State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual competitive exhibits, which will be on display during the SC State Fair October 9-20, 2024. Exhibitors from across South Carolina are invited to submit their entries now through September 1 in various categories for a chance to compete in the state's largest event.

Flower entries for the South Carolina State Fair.

“We are excited to once again bring together the incredible talent and creativity of South Carolina residents at this year's South Carolina State Fair,” says General Manager Nancy Smith. “Our competitive exhibits, a cherished tradition and the centerpiece of our fair, highlight the exceptional skills and artistic achievements of our community. We look forward to celebrating South Carolina's rich heritage and showcasing the outstanding works of our talented exhibitors.”

Talent of all ages and backgrounds is encouraged to enter the competitions. More than $300,000 in awards will be offered for winning exhibits in agriculture, arts, home and crafts, floral, livestock and more. To enter the 2024 competitive exhibits, participants can visit and find detailed instructions on how to submit their entries as well as a comprehensive list of categories available for entry.

Entry to the South Carolina State Fair

livestock. South Carolina State Fair.

The SC State Fair is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina's agricultural roots while supporting education throughout the state. Earlier this year, the SC State Fair awarded its largest scholarship award ever, totaling $530,000 in “Ride of Your Life” scholarships to 53 South Carolina high school students to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university or technical school in the state.

The theme of the 2024 SC State Fair is “46 Reasons to Celebrate SC.” This year, the SC State Fair invites residents and visitors on a remarkable journey to celebrate the essence of what makes the Palmetto State such a special place to live, work and play — the 46 counties that together make up South Carolina. In conjunction with this year’s theme, additional categories and divisions have been added to the 2024 SC State Fair competitive exhibits, including the “Spirit of Carolina” awards that showcase the best of South Carolina’s beauty and creativity.

About the State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair, a self-supporting 501©3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1869 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina's agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. In addition to the 12-day South Carolina State Fair, the nonprofit manages annual football parking lots, is a popular event venue and has awarded over $5 million in scholarships since 1997.

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