State Fair closing Thursday due to inclement weather

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South Carolina State Fair officials announced Wednesday afternoon that the fair will close Thursday, due to the expected local impacts of the approaching tropical system.

“We decided it was in the best interest of our patrons, employees, concessionaires, and carnival staff not to open Thursday given the unpredictable nature of the storm,” State Fair manager, Nancy Smith said. “It’s unfortunate that we have to miss a day, but that’s the nature of our industry, and safety is always our first consideration.  The good news is the storm is expected to pass through quickly, and we will resume full operations on Friday.”

The Scotty McCreery concert originally planned for Thursday, in the Pepsi Grandstand concert series has bee moved to 7 p.m.. Oct. 18.  Patrons can use their Scotty McCreery tickets on the new date.

Smith said she cannot recall the fair ever closing a full day in her 35 years with the organization, but noted it was a necessary decision given the potential serious nature of the storm. “This was an easy call because it was the right one for our community,” she said.

Fair officials did not say the fair would be lengthened at all due to the lost day.  The final day is still planned for Oct. 21.

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