As the Sumter American Legion Fair starts next week, authorities and fairground workers ensured the fair will be a safe and fun environment entertaining Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw counties.
The 103rd rendition of the event will take place …
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Saturday, Sept. 21
Commercial/educational booth setup, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art adult entries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Art individual youth entries, 10 a.m.-noon
Agriculture and home garden entries, 1-5 p.m.
Youth individual competitive entries, 1-5 p.m.
Adult individual competitive entries, 1-5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 22
Judging: art show, noon
Judging: baked goods, 1 p.m.
Commercial/educational booth setup, 1:30-5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 23
Flower show entries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Judging: adult and youth individual entries, 10 a.m.
Agriculture and home and gardening, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 24 (OPENING DAY)
Judging: commercial/educational displays, 10 a.m.
Judging: flower show, 12:30 p.m.
Gates open to the public, 4 p.m.
All exhibits on display, 4-10 p.m.
Midway closes, midnight
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Thursday, Sept. 26
Judging: beef show, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27
Saturday, Sept. 28
Sunday, Sept. 29 (LAST DAY)
Gates open to the public, noon
Art and flowers only removed, after 4 p.m.
Midway closes, 9 p.m.
Magic of Lance Gifford
An award-winning entertainer who provides more than amazing magic and hypnosis shows.
Rosaire Royal Racers
Rosaire's Royal Racers is a family owned and operated company, performing for audiences across the nation. The show features three different breeds of pigs at each and every 20-30 minute show throughout the day. Kids and adults alike will "squeal" with delight as these speedy swine fly around the 180 ft all aluminum track in about 7 seconds. Cheerleaders or "Pig Rooters" from the audience are picked to represent each pig. When their pig wins, they receive free prizes.
Los Moralitos Circus
Fourth generation circus performers take pride in putting together a first class professional performance for children of all ages. They showcase professional tumbling, acrobats, unicycles, aerialists and thier own very funny clown.
With exciting rides and fresh spun cotton candy, Primetime Amusements will leave you with you with a memorable trip to the fair. They have more than 50 years of combined experience, and rider safety is thier single top priority. A team of expert mechanics, electricians and supervisors make sure the attractions are always running in tip-top shape and safe for the public to ride. They are around night and day to ensure rider safety.
Outdoor Sportsman's EXPO
Located in the old poultry building, the latest boats, 4-wheelers, personal watercrafts, hunting blinds, deer stands, kayaks, camping equipment and more will be on display.
Five Star Petting Zoo
For children of all ages who want to pet a camel, zebra, goat, sheep, miniature donkey, zedonk, miniature horse, llama and exotic animals.
The 103rd rendition of the event will take place Sept. 24-29 at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, 700 W. Liberty St.
"It's a safe, family-fun event that's great for all ages," said Peter St. Onge, fair manager. "We have arts and crafts, flower shows and pretty much everything for everyone to see. Whether you want to ride rides or just eat food, it's a great time."
With a recent increase in homicides connected to rival gangs in Sumter, the community have aired concerns about security at the fair.
After a briefing with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter Police Department on Wednesday, St. Onge said law enforcement's presence will be increased at the entrance of and inside the fairgrounds.
"They have advised that they have everything under control," St. Onge said. "They will wand everyone who comes through, and they will inspect bags."
Metal detectors will be used, and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office asked that no one brings in oversized bags. If so, people will be asked to return it to their car.
"Due to everything that is happening in town, we're trying to put our citizens at ease," St. Onge said.
Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer with the sheriff's office, confirmed the agency will stage more security at the fair the in previous years.
She said the response is to community concerns, though there have been no noted credible threats to the specific event.
Rival gangs are thought to be connected to two recent shootings that have claimed the lives of four and injured at least three others. Two were killed during an eruption of gunfire at the Hop In/Sunoco gas station on Broad Street in the city on Sept. 8. One person has been charged with murder stemming from the incident, and five others have been arrested on outstanding warrants for unrelated incidents and for questioning on the situation.
Two others were killed on Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in Cherryvale that is also thought to be connected to the rival gangs.
With the reassurance of safety, St. Onge said he expects many to attend this year's fair. Just less than 25,000 attended last year.
For those who make their way to the fairgrounds, new acts this year include the Los Moralitos Circus. They will do a motorcycle show and acrobatics.
Rosaire's Royal pig race will join the fair for another year. St. Onge said they've been with the fair for four or five years now and are always a big hit.
Lance Gifford is returning with an event-long performance of magic and hypnosis show. He will also be doing a large show Friday and Saturday night.
The cattle barn is filled with more entries than last year, and the swine barn will hold the Five Star Petting Zoo and a rock-climbing wall for kids to enjoy.
The Sumter County Civic Center will hold a ton of entertainment this year, St. Onge said. There will be four commercial vendors, local entertainment from dance studios and bands and a presentation for local veterans on opening day, Tuesday, at 4:30 p.m.
The fair will be getting a new ride called The Avenger this year. St. Onge said it should be a popular ride this year as it's a larger thrill ride.
"It will be the anchor of the midway," St. Onge said, "so hopefully people will enjoy that."
Tickets can be found at public outlets like Piggly Wiggly, IGA and more.
This year, there will be a parking charge of $3 (cash only).
For more information on the fair, visit the Sumter Fair Facebook page or www.sumterfair.com. People can also call (803) 775-5200.
Ages 1-5: Free
Ages 6-64: $8
Ages 65 and up: $5
Military/dependents with ID: $5
Ride all-day pass: $25
Early bird special: $5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday
Special event: $5 opening day on Tuesday
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