Photo Gallery | 2013 SC State Fair attendance 20,000 over 2012
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Officials at the South Carolina State Fair are calling 2013 a "Blue Ribbon" year.
472,718 thousand people attended the state fair, which ended Sunday. Officials say that's 20,000 more visitors than 2012.
"We were just a handful of admissions short of having our best opening day ever," said General Manager Gary Goodman. "Then, our first-ever College Day set a new second-day attendance record so the Fair was off to a good start."
The Fair instituted new admission guidelines for 2013.
“It was a tough decision that may have reduced attendance, especially on the weekend, but it had to be done," Goodman said. "The safety of our guests is always our number one priority.”
This year’s State Fair presented a wide range of new programs such as College Day, the Indie Grits 48-Hour Film Blitz and the hiring of more local entertainment talent.
“We’re the South Carolina State Fair,” said Assistant General Manager Nancy Smith, "and we will continue to showcase South Carolina’s range of talent."
“We’re very pleased with the wonderful turnout,” said Goodman. “We saw more families enjoying the Fair together, we saw more diversity, and we definitely had more out-of-town visitors from around the state and out-of-state – especially areas like Charlotte and Augusta, which we have been marketing to for the past three years.”
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