The wait is over. The S.C. State Fair is here – finally! If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, get ready for 12 days of fun when the gates to the SC State Fair open today at noon. The Midway opens at 3 p.m.
What’s new in food this year at the S.C. State Fair?
Ramen Noodle Burgers The top and bottom parts are Ramen noodles infused with beef broth, boiled, shaped like a bun and fried. In between the top and bottom “bun” are two green onions, Asian sauce, coleslaw and a 4-ounce hamburger patty. From the folks who brought you the Donut Burger and Redneck Burger.
Chicken & Waffles Deep fried chicken tenders atop a waffle, from Bianco’s Foods in Anderson.
Pecan Cinnamon Roll Sundae For the sweet tooth, a pecan cinnamon roll in a bowl with two scoops of butter pecan ice cream and topped with caramel drizzle and cinnamon-crusted pecans. From Grandma Brown’s Cinnamon Rolls (formerly Golden Gate Bakery).
Fried vegetables How else will you get the kids to eat veggies at the Fair? Try fried green tomatoes, blooming onions and fried pickles at Deliplace.
Cookie Kitchen Baked fresh daily in the Moore Building, get two cookies for $1 with proceeds benefitting the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship program
What’s new to do?
You have your list of favorite things to do at the fair– try the newest, weirdest food, watch racing pigs, ride the Ferris wheel, and try to shoot out the star and win a big prize, again.
But this year, you can try a few new things. Want a few ideas?
Barnyard Cackle Review: The show, new this year, features Rocky Da Rooster and his singing hens: Tanya Clucker, Loretta Hen, Patty Eggless, Reba MacEggtire, Patsy Coop and Sh’nia Twang. I guess you’ll have to see it to believe it. ( Oct. 13-19, Cantey Building)
Balloonopolis: Imagine a carousel of balloons 25 feet across and 15 feet high. ... now, watch it come to life at the fair. Once complete, the display will include at least 10,000 balloons. The Columbia-based artists will be on site daily, except Saturday, to talk with fairgoers about their creation. (Ellison Building)
And the winner is ... Most fairgoers like to bounce from thing to thing to thing. Be different – commit to sitting for a spell to watch a competition. It’s hard to beat the youth horse shows, for example, or the junior swine and Holstein events.
Battle of the “food groups.” Why not create your own competition, all about fair food? Elephant ears or funnel cakes? Fiske fries or fried mushrooms? Fried Oreos or fried butter? A turkey leg or a ramen noodle burger? Let the games begin.
Bee a friend: Here’s your opportunity to do good. Bees are featured annually in an exhibit in the Cantey Building. Now, you can help bees in the environment by becoming a “Pollinator Protector” in your everyday life. First, create a pollinator garden that’s bee friendly. Then submit a form and two photos of your garden to the fair. You will then be awarded an Ambassador of Agriculture certificate, presented by the SC State Fair, as well as receive recognition on the fair website.