Western Carolina State Fair bumps up safety protocols

Western Carolina State Fair
Western Carolina State Fair(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT
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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - There will be additional safety precautions at the Western Carolina State Fair after an incident caused the fair to close early Saturday night.

According to the Western Carolina State Fair’s Facebook page, no weapons were on the fairgrounds.

No injuries occurred and at no time was the safety of patrons at risk, said fair officials, who credited enhanced security measures and the quick action of law enforcement.

The organization says the safety of our fair patrons is their greatest concern and that the fair strives to provide a safe and fun environment for everyone.

Organizers encourage parents attend the fair with their children to reduce the chance of further incidents.

About the fair

Gates open at 5 p.m. daily except for Saturdays and Sundays, when gates open at noon. Closing depends on crowds in the fairgrounds. For more information and more discounts, go to

Information on tickets:

  • Gate admission (age 11 and older): $10
  • Gate admission (age 10 and younger): free
  • Magic Pass (unlimited rides; does not include gate admission): $35
  • Midnight Mania (Oct. 22 and 29; includes gate admission and unlimited rides; starts at 9 p.m.): $30
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 (does not include gate admission): $15 unlimited rides ·
  • For other discounts, go to and click on Schedule.

Daily shows will include the Hog Diggity Dog trained pig and dog show, the Eudora Farms petting zoo, livestock shows, a demolition derby, lawnmower racing and more.

The exhibit buildings will be open daily. Arts and crafts, commercial exhibits and more from around the area will be on display each day during the fair.

For a complete list of times, events, ticket sales, discounts and more, visit or go to the Western Carolina State Fair Facebook page.

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