Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Animal Adventure: The animals of the the S.C. State Fair

Posted 10/19/2012 8:08:00 PM

It’s not too late to catch the 143rd annual S.C. State Fair. The 12-day Columbia event runs through Sunday before it disappears until next October. I had the chance to stop by this week for a little fair fun and to check out my favorite part of the fair, the animals.

I made it in time to watch the swine competition, where people from all over the state bring their best pig for judging to see who will take home a cash prize. Other animals compete for prizes at the fair too, like dairy and beef cattle, goats, and small animals like ducks, bunnies, geese and turkey.

Nancy Smith, the director of marketing, sponsorship and exhibits at the fair, says the judging competitions are a big part of keeping the agricultural history of the fair alive. For people who come out to the fair, it might be the only time they see some of those types of animals.

Besides the petting zoo, where you’ll find goats, sheep and zebra, there are sea lions at the fair this year, as well as camel and elephant rides and the ever popular pig races. There’s even a dog and cat show featuring animals from the local animal shelters.

If you’re looking for something to entertain your family this weekend, head on out to the fair for some rides, fair food, games, live entertainment, and of course, pop in to see the fair animals on exhibit and the petting zoo.

For specific event times or more information about the S.C. State Fair, click here.