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.
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