“It will truly be a year like no other.”
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For the first time in its history, the South Carolina State Fair is asking guests to stay in their cars.

This week, the nonprofit South Carolina State Fair announced that it will host its first-ever drive-thru fair on Tuesday, October 20, and Wednesday, October 21, in “an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Drive-Through State Fair is going to give folks a snippet of the fair they’ve known their entire lives,” SC State Fair general manager Nancy Smith said in a statement. “It will certainly look different, but we look forward to sharing this gift with the community. It will truly be a year like no other.”

According to the fair’s official website, guests will enjoy free admission to drive through the fairgrounds and experience “unique, car-friendly attractions that highlight South Carolina’s agriculture, history, arts and culture,” from the safety of their cars. Guests will also be able to drive into the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park on the fairgrounds and purchase their favorite fair foods.

“As the state’s largest event, we know we have a responsibility to take care of our neighbors and those that we love,” Smith told WYFF. “So, to prioritize our community health and well-being, your South Carolina State Fair staff has spent countless hours developing the safest and best South Carolina State Fair that we can. Your safety is always our number one concern and we realize that the fair now has to adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in the midst of the worst crisis of our lifetime, we wanted to give back to our community and bring them something positive to look forward to.”

For more information visit SCStateFair.org.