Upper Carolina Fair packed with fun and food


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



“Do a flip! Do a flip!” yelled Morgan’s mom. “No way! This is high enough!”


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The Ferris Wheel is a classic amusement park ride and the one at the Upper Carolina State Fair stands tall — and gives the rider a great view.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Besides working the traveling carnival, Tico is also an amateur photographer. “Carnival workers sometimes get a bad reputation, but we’re all just people truing to make a living. For me, this is great because I get to travel and I get to be a part of this. All these people having a good time! I’m a part of that, that’s cool.”


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A family has a race down the giant slide. Pretty sure they didn’t stand a chance … That kid was fearless.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Besides the rides and games, what the best thing about a fair? The food!


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Upper Carolina State Fair runs through Sept. 5 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway on S.C. 123.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Ride the Ferris Wheel. Seriously, it’s worth the five tickets.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

After a day of winning games, it’s only fair to make Dad carry the loot.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Lee Carman, left, has worked the gates at the Upper Carolina State Fair for the past 15 years. His partner, John Roberts, only has six years under his belt. “Rookie,” joked Carman.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

An old fashioned carousel was just one of the many kid-friendly rides.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

EASLEY — Temperature wise, it sure doesn’t feel like summer is winding down, but the return of the annual Upper Carolina State Fair is in full swing nonetheless.

The fair, which is running until Sept. 5, is located at its usual spot down S.C. 123 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway and is complete with the usual rides, carnival games, petting zoo and fried food.

“We come here every year, it’s a tradition,” said Sarah McCallister of Easley. “This year is kind of special because it’s my son’s first time attending. Granted, he’s not really big enough to really enjoy it — but he’s here.”

Opening day had a new twist by accepting canned goods in lieu of the normal $8 entry fee.

“We had a lot of people take advantage of that,” said a woman attending the ticket booth. “It was two cans a person, which was a good deal, but it also went to help out with a good cause.”

Fair staff stated that the food collected is set to be donated to local food banks.

The fair runs daily with gates opening at 4 p.m. on weekdays and at noon Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday and Thursday wristbands for unlimited rides will only be $15 instead of the usual $25.

“I used to always get the wristband but I went with these (tickets) today because it’s just really looking like it wants to rain,” said McCallister.

She was right. Five minutes later, the skies opened up and sent people scattering for cover.

“When it rains we have to shut down the rides but it usually doesn’t last too long,” said Tico, operator of the “Terminus” mini coaster. “It’s a safety thing.”

For more information on the Upper Carolina State Fair, visit the website at www.upperscstatefair.com.

“Do a flip! Do a flip!” yelled Morgan’s mom. “No way! This is high enough!”
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_075.jpg“Do a flip! Do a flip!” yelled Morgan’s mom. “No way! This is high enough!” Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Ferris Wheel is a classic amusement park ride and the one at the Upper Carolina State Fair stands tall — and gives the rider a great view.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_081.jpgThe Ferris Wheel is a classic amusement park ride and the one at the Upper Carolina State Fair stands tall — and gives the rider a great view. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Besides working the traveling carnival, Tico is also an amateur photographer. “Carnival workers sometimes get a bad reputation, but we’re all just people truing to make a living. For me, this is great because I get to travel and I get to be a part of this. All these people having a good time! I’m a part of that, that’s cool.”
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_086.jpgBesides working the traveling carnival, Tico is also an amateur photographer. “Carnival workers sometimes get a bad reputation, but we’re all just people truing to make a living. For me, this is great because I get to travel and I get to be a part of this. All these people having a good time! I’m a part of that, that’s cool.” Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

A family has a race down the giant slide. Pretty sure they didn’t stand a chance … That kid was fearless.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_109.jpgA family has a race down the giant slide. Pretty sure they didn’t stand a chance … That kid was fearless. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Besides the rides and games, what the best thing about a fair? The food!
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_112.jpgBesides the rides and games, what the best thing about a fair? The food! Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Upper Carolina State Fair runs through Sept. 5 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway on S.C. 123.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_124.jpgThe Upper Carolina State Fair runs through Sept. 5 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway on S.C. 123. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Ride the Ferris Wheel. Seriously, it’s worth the five tickets.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_129.jpgRide the Ferris Wheel. Seriously, it’s worth the five tickets. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

After a day of winning games, it’s only fair to make Dad carry the loot.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_139.jpgAfter a day of winning games, it’s only fair to make Dad carry the loot. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Lee Carman, left, has worked the gates at the Upper Carolina State Fair for the past 15 years. His partner, John Roberts, only has six years under his belt. “Rookie,” joked Carman.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_143.jpgLee Carman, left, has worked the gates at the Upper Carolina State Fair for the past 15 years. His partner, John Roberts, only has six years under his belt. “Rookie,” joked Carman. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

An old fashioned carousel was just one of the many kid-friendly rides.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_378.jpgAn old fashioned carousel was just one of the many kid-friendly rides. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

By Kasie Strickland

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