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Downsizing or Rightsizing May Fit Your Life Best

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 07, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIn the midst of the holiday season, the hustle and bustle can begin to feel a bit too much.

Between the gift exchange with all your friends and families, preparing the house for guests and dusting off your seldom-used china, the busyness of the season can bring about the realization that the things, people and places that used to fuel your energy may no longer fit who you are or what you want.

If you are starting to feel this way, ask yourself what is holding you back from making a change. Is it some outdated notion that cutting back on the quantity of your possessions or the size of your home will change how others perceive you? Could you be living with an outdated notion of what success or happiness looks like? Maybe you are ready to enjoy time visiting family and friends, traveling to new places with different experiences or spending time on a freshly discovered hobby — anything other than spending your time and money on home upkeep and maintenance.

In today’s world, what used to be called “downsizing” is rapidly being replaced with the word “rightsizing,” and for good reason. Rightsizing implies that this is a healthy and highly personalized process — one that each couple or individual may decide to undertake and then accomplish at their own pace and in their own way. That being said, no one can tell you exactly how to decide you are ready to downsize or give you a concise plan on how to make this process fit you and your needs.

As you begin to consider this idea of rightsizing, pay attention to the daily things that are most meaningful and useful to you, and ask yourself, “Does my current lifestyle and home support the things that are most meaningful to me? What fits the current ‘me’ and what no longer works for me?” If more of your daily lifestyle and environment comes out not fitting, then maybe it is truly time to rightsize your life.

Here are some lifestyle and environment questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are you living in a home with more rooms that aren’t being used than ones that are?
  2. Do you find yourself avoiding the thought and expense of making your old home fit your new lifestyle?
  3. Do you have a two-story home and find yourself spending most of your time on one of the two floors?
  4. Are you wishing the kitchen you remodeled 20 years ago had all the newest conveniences and amenities?
  5. How many times in the last year have you avoided completing routine house maintenance or chose to call an outside handyman, or maybe even just let it go, when you used to always be on top of it all?
  6. Has your neighborhood grown so that you can no longer easily jump in the car to grab groceries or go out to dinner?
  7. Are their new hobbies or activities you would like to try but can’t find someone to go with or a place to get started?
  8. Do you have children and grandchildren growing up further away than is easy for you to reach by car or easy for them to visit you?
  9. Do you think about wanting more control over how your next move unfolds?

As you share in the usual end-of- year holiday festivities, be mindful of how your current situation fits your evolving needs. Make your 2018 New Year’s resolution to find the right fit and size for you.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


One Bedroom Apartments With the Perfect Lifestyle in South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCWest Columbia, SC is an attractive place to live. In fact, the area boasts a mild, four-season climate and many things to do for both the outdoor enthusiast and for those who enjoy more traditional excursions. Located minutes from downtown Columbia, the area is bursting with great food, nightlife, and entertainment. With restaurants and shops at your fingertips along with tons of charm, you will be happy with your decision to move to an apartment in West Columbia, SC.

If you are looking for a one bedroom apartment in West Columbia, SC look no further than Abberly Village. These apartment homes have distinctive architecture and exclusive amenities. We have eight different styles of one bedroom apartments, ranging from 684 to 1054 sq ft. It all depends on what you need and what you are looking for.

Enjoy easy access to I-26, quick commutes to Downtown Columbia and Lake Murray and the convenience of ample shopping, dining and recreation just minutes from your door. Abberly Village offers a tranquil setting with the conveniences of the city lifestyle. Because it's How You Live that matters.

For more information on Abberly Village, contact us.


Happy Thanksgiving from Abberly Village Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIt’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our residents, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our Day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!

What to Consider When Choosing Where to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCYou may be focused on being near an awesome golf course, but your health and happiness will rely more on these key factors.


Housing is the biggest factor in most Americans’ budgets, by far. In retirement, especially, if you can eliminate a mortgage payment or rent, you can keep your housing costs from changing while your income is fixed.

Renting a home in retirement is tempting, and for good reason: In many markets, renting still is cheaper than buying a home

Renting buys retirees the flexibility to move on a whim. It’s a more carefree life, with no expense or labor for home and yard upkeep. Leaky faucet? Just call the landlady. Let her deal with it.

Median rents rose more than 6 percent from 2007 to 2015. Increases may slow and prices may even stagnate, as after the Great Recession. But to be safe, renters should be ready for increases in costs.

2. Entertainment

“Best-of” lists of places to retire typically focus on college towns with an abundance of cultural opportunities, including cheap and free concerts, plays, lectures and visual arts. All great. But what if you care more about browsing flea markets? Or rooting for a major league sports team? First-run movies? Jazz clubs? Whatever is your thing, this is your time, so make sure your new hometown will deliver when it comes to your unique interests.

3. Employers

Employers? Sound crazy? Once, perhaps. But today most of us probably get it: Retirement often isn’t permanent. CareerBuilder’s 2015 survey found that 54 percent of workers age 60 and older planned to work part- or full-time after retirement.

Many Americans, in fact, cycle in and out of retirement. Some retirees grow bored and want stimulation from work. Others learn that their retirement income doesn’t stretch as far as they’d hoped. Or they lost savings or home equity in the recession. You, too, may want to work again after being retired for a while — and you won’t want to move to find it.

In addition to all that, a town with plenty of living wage jobs is a healthy, livable town with a strong economy — the best kind of place to live.

4. Excellent medical care

It’s self-evident, but it’s worth saying: Older people consume more medical care. And they often require care from specialists and facilities specializing in, for example, orthopedic care and geriatric care (and doctors who’ll take your insurance). Find out if your destination has what you need by talking with people and calling providers.

5. Proximity to your family

Being near family when you retire isn’t crucial, and it isn’t for everybody. But even if you don’t mind not seeing family members for extended periods of time, think about the fact that your children or loved ones may one day need to take an active role in your care, perhaps even becoming your caregivers. Great distances make caregiving stressful and often agonizingly difficult for adult children who are also raising families and working.

6. Public transportation

Younger retirees don’t usually give a thought to the availability of transportation. They’re accustomed to hopping into cars and going where they wish, when they wish. But that independence and freedom rarely lasts forever. If you intend to stay in a new community as you age, you may eventually want to use buses, trains, light rail, cabs and ride-sharing companies. Assure yourself, long before you need it, that your new town has plenty of ways to get around.

7. Assisted living, retirement homes and elder co-housing

It’s not a bad idea to pay attention to the availability of long-term care nearby. Nearly 70 percent of people who are 65 and older will eventually develop disabilities and 35 percent will spend time in a nursing home. A little basic research on the front end can help you make sure it’s a good one.

8. Social life

Talk with people you meet to gather a sense of how friendly the community is. If you are looking for a faith community, investigate the congregations that might appeal to you and attend services at several to test the waters. Ask yourself where and how you will make friends. Shop the grocery stores at a couple of different times of day and week to see if people are interacting or simply hurrying in and out. Try to pick up a sense of how warm and open to newcomers the town is. Even those who are not social types may be unhappy in an atmosphere that is cold, exclusive or frenetic.

9. Cafes, restaurants and gathering places

Where do people gather in the community you are considering? Try to look at the place with the eyes of someone who has just moved there: Visit the coffee shops, senior center, parks and movie theaters. If you speak a second language, is there a cultural center where you’ll feel at home?

10. Learning

One of the joys of retirement is having the time to learn simply for the fun of it. Make sure you won’t be stuck in a learning desert — and don’t make assumptions, good or bad, without checking into what’s available. If you have dreamed of attending classes and lectures and picking up new skills or honing old ones, find out what’s available. A quilter, for example, would look for a vibrant quilting or fabric store that’s a hub for workshops, classes and group activities. A busy arts center or arts supply store opens the door to classes in painting, drawing, fiber arts and photography. Look for a brick-and-mortar bookstore, a good sign of a community for people who like to read, think and discuss. Drop into the store and ask what’s going on in town, where book talks and lectures are held and how often. Visit a lumber or hardware store, poke around and ask people about woodworking or boat-building classes in town. A visit to the website of the local community college and other schools will give a sense of the classes, clubs and weekend events offered to community members who are not pursuing a degree.

Do you know where you want to live in retirement? For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


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Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.


Columbia, SC is a Cheap Place to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 30, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIf you're looking for the best places to retire on a fixed income, moving to an affordable place to live is a key part of the equation. To find the cheapest places to retire, GOBankingRates studied three cost-of-living indexes.

We then used Bureau of Labor Statistics data on average consumer expenditures for Americans aged 65 and older -- along with the BLS average cost-of-living, rent and grocery indexes -- to further zero in on spots for frugal retirees. In our analysis, we looked at large cities and estimated what seniors can expect to pay on average.

What we found might surprise you. The list of the cheapest places to retire does not double as a list of dullest places to retire -- these cities are as vibrant as they are affordable, with everything from natural beauty and colorful histories to world-class culture and amenities.

22. Columbia, South Carolina

Annual expenditures: $41,885
Annual amount spent on rent: $7,419
Annual amount spent on groceries: $3,397

Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the population in South Carolina's Midlands region, of which Columbia is a part. The city's parks and recreation department is dedicated to offering more programs and leisure activities to seniors. These include low-cost trips, events from health screenings to balls, clubs, and exercise classes. That can add a lot to retirement at little cost.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Advantages Of Renting Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 27, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCAdvantages Of Renting

While there are clearly benefits to buying a home, renting has some advantages that you should consider before you make a final decision to become a homeowner as a single parent.

Investment risk

While real estate is generally considered a good investment, there's no guaranteed profit. The value of your home depends on forces that you can’t control, like the job market, the supply of houses and zoning changes.

You can improve the worth of your home by taking care of it, and can increase your equity by paying down the mortgage balance, but if your home drops in value, you could lose money when you need to sell.


Renters benefit from the fact that the landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs – both the cost and the hassle of hiring someone to take care of the property.

Buyers sometimes forget to budget for the inevitable cost of home repairs.

Flexibility to relocate

One of the biggest reasons to continue renting is the possibility that you may want to change jobs or transfer to a new location.

Or you may want to escape some awful new neighbors or decide you hate your commute.

Renters can more easily end a lease, while buyers need to sell their home or rent it out and become landlords themselves.

Fewer financial obligations

Of course, renters must pay rent, renter’s insurance and sometimes utility bills.

However, homeowners pay mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and utilities. There may also be homeowner’s association (HOA) fees and mortgage insurance.

In addition, single parent homeowners should budget about one percent of the property value each year for maintenance and repairs, or purchase a home warranty.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Crest.


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Downsizing and Renting

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCPick up a design magazine or scan the real estate section of the local newspaper and you’ll probably find something about downsizing. But the word means different things to different people. Downsizing often means moving into smaller, less expensive spaces, but some people are trading up and starting over. However, according to the US Census, more than half of homeowners in the 55-to-64 age group are not buying new properties — luxury or otherwise. Some of them are staying where they are, but a growing number are selling their homes and moving into rentals like apartments in West Columbia, SC.

We have found a sharp swing toward moving to rental apartments compared to homeownership among the 55-plus population. Regardless of whether they are looking to buy or to rent, downsizers are a highly visible group these days.

Whether downsizers sell and buy or sell and rent, there is one tax advantage, a “big one”.

US tax law generally allows an individual seller “to exclude from federal taxes the first $250,000 of gain on the sale of a primary residence ($500,000 for married couples filing jointly) that has been occupied for at least two of the five years preceding the sale”.

This can be a big windfall for people who are selling in anticipation of retirement. Also, the aforementioned rule applies to the house sale, no matter if a cheaper or more expensive home is acquired to replace the sold residence or if no replacement is made, e.g., the homeowner moves to a rental.

Retirees can trade space for the lifestyle. Once you get to a certain point in your life, it becomes apparent what spaces — and stuff — you use and need, and then it’s time to ask yourself, “What do I do with the stuff?’ ”

For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


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Reasons Why Renting Is Better Than Buying

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCMany people are putting home buying on hold and choosing to make one of their smartest decisions to date. It’s a personal decision to rent or buy, but there are many pros to renting your next home rather than buying. Here are 15 convincing arguments for renting a home — and they’re not all financial.

1. Buying and selling a home is difficult for everyone involved

Selling or buying a home is more stressful than bankruptcy, divorce, and the loss of a loved one, according to one poll. Homes are on the market for an average of four weeks, and 37% of sellers reported reducing the asking price at least once. Plus, if you’re in a long-distance relationship, do yourself a favor and rent. A 12-month lease is a whole lot easier to break or buy out than a 30-year mortgage.

2. Property taxes can kill you

Many homeowners are unaware of unexpected costs that come with owning a home of your own. Fees, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance, add up quickly. Taxes can fluctuate, but rental terms are consistent across the duration of your lease.

3. You can take time to repair your credit

Irresponsible spending habits in college and those sneaky credit card scams will haunt you for years. Sometimes, it can take more than seven years to fix your credit. If you’re in the bad-credit club, like one-third of the American population, it might be best to rent rather than buy. Those with low credit scores will find buying a home laborious, and it’ll be wise to wipe clean those credit blemishes before jumping onto the buying scene or making any substantial purchases in general. Renting to re-establish a solid payment history can be a good way to bide your time.

4. You’re financially unable

Those with irregular incomes, such as freelancers or small-business owners, prefer renting as a more stable monthly option. Homeowners are at the mercy of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae — and who knows what their future plans are. Today, mortgage rates are still low, hovering around 4%. But before you think our nation’s real estate woes are over, remember the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was under 3.75% in summer 2016. Then, it shot upward after the presidential election and averaged 4.24% in December. If you’re still unsure about your ability to overcome any potentially rocky housing trends, consider renting while establishing a bigger emergency fund.

5. You remain flexible

Buying a home means choosing a location we want to plant roots in for at least a few years. For those who aren’t exactly sold on their current living situation, investing in real estate would be a mistake. Mortgages and other ownership obligations are like concrete shoes — don’t expect to pick up and move anytime soon. When the opportunity comes to accept your dream job on the opposite coast or marital bliss rides on relocating to another city, the last thing you want to do is get bogged down in selling a home.

6. Maintenance issues are not your problem

If you don’t know what a Philips head screwdriver is then you might want to rent your next home. Not all of us were blessed with the handy gene. Homeowners are often forced to fork over a sizable chunk of their savings to make impromptu and unexpected home repairs. But renters only need to place a call to their property managers when there is a maintenance issue.

7. Upkeep is less expensive

Say goodbye to weekends filled with long afternoon brunches and lazy days at the pool. That large backyard that originally sold you on your property? Well, it needs to be mowed — again. Homeowners don’t have the luxury to bypass time-consuming chores that renters ignore. And renters need not worry about general housework and upkeep required of homeowners.

8. It makes filing taxes harder

If you think taxes are intricate now, wait until you buy a home. Yes, there are some valuable tax breaks homeowners receive, but processing mortgage interest deductions, home repair expenses, and rental income takes considerable time. That’s something renters don’t worry about. In fact, renters are already out socializing care-free, knowing their refund checks are already on their way.

9. There are options for roommates

Roommates are a great option if you’re looking for help shouldering the cost of living expenses. Having someone around to split the cable bill and vent about workplace drama is great, but with homeownership, one person is responsible for the payment at the end of the month. So when that flaky roommate is late on rent, the difference must be made up elsewhere. Apartment complexes, on the other hand, are experienced working with multiple tenants in one location and offer options for individual leases.

10. You have more access to amenities

Renting in a community allows you access to things, such as a community pool, fitness center, dog parks, and Wi-Fi. If you still want access to these perks after leaving the comfy confines of rental agreements, you’ll need to shell out serious dough.

11. You can grab cash bonuses

Many rental communities offer additional cash bonuses if you work for local companies. If you’re a local employee, you might be eligible for rental stipends or bonuses just for working close to home. Check to see whether your employer is on the list of nearby companies to max out every discount and money-saving trick in the book.

12. Urban living at a cheaper price

It’s been said millennials prefer city living over driveways and acreage, but they are unable to afford the fees that accompany urban life. Living near universities and vivacious night life is not cheap, and purchasing an Instagram-worthy loft is a merely a pipe dream for some. Depending on where you want to live, trendy areas, such as warehouse or arts districts, major cities, and beach communities, are typically more renter friendly. Finding affordable homes to buy might require moving into less popular areas.

13. There’s better security

Gated communities come at a high price, but most rental complexes have security features already included in their agreements. This is a welcomed benefit for women, single renters, or tenants living in urban environments. Homeowners will find neighborhoods with these extra precautions come at a price.

14. You remain adverse to risk

Financial advisers might say we must “risk it to get the biscuit,” but that’s easier said than done in a housing market that’s seen so much variation lately. Therefore, many are choosing the safer option to rent rather than investing in real estate. In addition to affordable prices, renters are also adverse to potentially debilitating changes in the housing market. Although experts are showing a recovery, a better, more accurate description is stabilizing. Words, such as “foreclosure” and “mortgage rates,” are still often paired with phrases of uncertainty. And that’s worrisome to fiscally conservative Americans.

15. You have the ability to invest elsewhere

It’s recommended home buyers put 20% down on a home to avoid being house poor. Even when considering upfront rental fees and deposits, it’s still cheaper than the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to buy a home. Some renters might already have potential savings stacked away for this very purpose, but with other uncertainties and future questions, it might be best to invest that money elsewhere. A few grand could do wonders for your future retirement or help hack away at those student loans that still burden you.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


South Carolina State Fair: What You Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIf you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC it’s about that time for the State Fair!

The South Carolina State Fair starts Oct. 11. And for 12 days, it’s literally all fun and games – and food. So much fried food.

What’s new this year?

BulletTrain roller coaster: This ride climbs 33 feet high before taking a series of sharp turns and drops.

Buffalo chicken gyros: Greek marinated chicken with a cream cheese and cheddar cheese blend, mixed with buffalo sauce, served in a pita with lettuce, tomato, onions and either ranch dressing or tzatziki sauce (AP Concessions).

Southern catfish sundae: French fries topped with fried catfish sticks, a spicy remoulade sauce and tartar sauce (DeAnna’s Concessions).

Fried bologna burger: An Angus burger topped with pimento cheese, fried bologna and chili (Timmons Concession).

3B burger: A burger, bacon and brisket with provolone cheese on garlic toast (Carousel Foods).

What can I ride?

Nearly 70 rides from North American Midway Entertainment, including Sky Glider, Cliff Hanger, Haunted Mansion, Himalaya, Ring of Fire, Tilt-A-Whirl, Frog Hopper, Merry Go Round and, of course, the iconic Ferris wheel.

Ride vouchers are $25 through Tuesday, Oct. 10; $30 during the fair; and $35 on weekends.

Ride vouchers: Exchange a voucher for a pay-one-price wristband at the fairgrounds to ride unlimited rides all day. Or, exchange for 30 ride coupons.

  • In advance (through Oct. 10): $25.
  • During the fair: $30.
  • Weekends: $35.

Midway express access pass: Gets you to the front of every ride line. $15.

What’s on stage?

Brothers Osborne, a country duo with a bit of a Trace Adkins sound. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. $15.

Keith Sweat, a smooth R&B singer with a four-decade music career. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. $15.

Chris Young, an award-winning country star. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. $30.

ZZ Top, a legendary rock band known for songs such as “Sharp Dressed Man” and impressive beards. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. $25.

TobyMac, a popular Christian hip-hop artist. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. $15.

Sabrina Carpenter, a Disney Channel star (“Girl Meets World”) turned pop singer. 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. $15.

Concert tickets are available online only at and include fair admission.

Also look out for various other concerts throughout the fair including Blend acapella quartet, the Rock Bottom Boys, Two Way Crossing, SupaFun Band, Bandaloni and more.

What else is there to see?

Heritage Village: Visit “yesteryear” and experience the Medicine Show entertainers, a working tinsmith, blacksmith, potter and wooden bowl turner.

Camel Kingdom: Get a look at blue-eyed, black-and-white spotted, white and traditional brown camels, and even ride one.

Balloonopolis: More than 10,000 balloons come together into a stunning scene over the course of the fair.

Sandscapes: Seventy-five tons of sand molded into sculptures is pretty cool.

Cowtown: An old-timey creamery where you can help prepare cow milk by hand and get in on the process of making butter, ice cream and cheese.

FOLKFabulous: Hands-on art making, parades, jam sessions and storytelling are part of this multicultural exhibit.

Hi-Pockets Parade and Stilt Circus: Look up! Stilt-walking characters will rove the fairgrounds.

Kachunga & The Alligator: Watch this bushman wrangle an alligator with his bare hands.

Steve Brogan, comedian and ventriloquist: Enjoy an entertaining cast of characters and quick wit.

“The Rubber Chicken Show”: A comedy show featuring juggling and, yes, rubber chickens.

Flippin’: Mechanical innovation and flipping artistry combine in this acrobatics show.

Border collie exhibition: Watch these whip-smart dogs follow commands and whistles to herd sheep and ducks.

Swifty Swine racing and swimming pigs: A fair favorite every year, these are some of the fastest pigs around.

“Barnyard Cackle Review”: A kids’ show featuring Rocky Da Rooster and his singing hens.

Ron Diamond, magician and hypnotist: Find yourself in awe – or in a trance – at this popular show.

Student and fine art: The state’s most talented elementary, middle and high school students show off their best artworks. Plus, amateur and professional artists put their stuff on display. See who gets the ribbons.

Flower show: Award-winning roses, camellias, potted plants and more – oh, my!

Agriculture and livestock: You know what it is – cows, chickens, rabbits, giant pumpkins and everything in between. The fair’s got it all.

Most importantly, what’s good to eat?

Fair time is still one of the only times of the year you can get a doughnut burger, which your doctor is probably thankful for.

More than 90 food stands will keep you well-fed.

Other standby fair faves include Fiske fries, impossibly long corndogs, funnel cakes and elephant ears, giant turkey legs, roasted corn and (oh, yesss) fried Oreos, Reese’s, Snickers, cookie dough, etc.

They’ll all be there.

Just be sure to ride your rides, THEN eat.

Some food vendors accept credit and debit cards, but some accept only cash, so come prepared, or look for one of several ATMs available at the fairgrounds.

When can I go?

  • Noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and Friday, Oct. 13.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
  • Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 19.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
  • Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

How much does it cost to get in?

Admission prices:

  • Advance admission (through Tuesday, Oct. 10): $7.
  • At the gates: $10.
  • Military: Free.
  • Children 5 and younger: Free.

Are there any good deals?

Lunch: Between noon and 2 p.m. each weekday, get your $10 admission refunded at the ticket booth. Cash only.

$1 admission: On Wednesday, Oct. 11. Cash only.

College students: Free admission for students with a valid college ID on Monday, Oct. 16.

Seniors: Free Ferris wheel rides for those 55 and older on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Wait, where is it, again?

1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia.
The South Carolina State Fair runs Oct. 11-22, 2017.


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