The South Carolina State Fair is a widely anticipated event, and attending has become a tradition for many. It is the biggest fair in the state, and the colorful attractions, charismatic performers and fun atmosphere draw thousands of people from across the country. This year, the 152nd annual fair was held from Oct. 13, 2021 to Oct. 24, 2021. Throughout those 12 days and nights, fair-goers enjoyed games, rides, food and fun. The fair serves as a reminder that traditions do not have to be ceremonious or formal in order to be significant — the festive, informal and playful State Fair is a part of our shared experience.
Gallery: 152nd South Carolina State Fair
An aerial view of the Ferris wheel, food stands, rides and games of the 152nd State Fair.
The mother-son juggling duo called Duo Petrov Juggling juggle pins back and forth during the Circus at The State Fair.
The Ferris wheel at the South Carolina State Fair sits prominently among the rest of the rides.
Empty stools await players at a squirt fun game booth at the State Fair.
A woman walks through the fairgrounds.
People attending the fair line up at a food stand that serves root beer floats and ice cream.
A chair lift carries fair-goers above the attractions and crowds of the annual South Carolina State Fair.
A cook frying funnel cakes, a popular confection at the State Fair.
A candymaker inside a food stand arranging caramel apples at the 152nd State Fair. He was one of many vendors who bake, cook or create food and beverages to sell to fair-goers.