AIKEN --- With the arrival of fall comes the Western Carolina State Fair to Aiken County.
The fair starts Thursday, with the gates opening at 5 p.m., and lasts through Oct. 25. Fair enthusiasts can expect 10 days of rides, concerts and shows for an admission price of $6 a night.
The fair is in its 40th year, and Doug Wolf, the director of marketing and advertising, said this year is going to be the largest in the fair's history.
The first night will start with a concert by country music singer Lorrie Morgan.
"All of the concerts, shows, the demolition derby and the monster truck -- all are free with paid admission to the fair as well as free parking," Mr. Wolf said.
Those who like a little bit of speed and twisted steel won't want to miss the demolition derby and the monster trucks. This year's derby will offer a night of figure-eight racing, which provides more opportunities for collisions.
The figure-eight event will be held Oct. 22. More traditional derby events will take place Oct. 23 and 24.
The Balsters Magical Entertainers will perform two shows each night.
Mr. Wolf said tonight is the last chance to purchase an advance mega-pass, which allows unlimited rides and admission for one night of your choice. The pass costs $20 and can be purchased at any SRP Federal Credit Union, Kent's Corner, Wal-Mart in Aiken and North Augusta, and Boots, Bridles and Britches.
For more ticket locations and information, go to www.western carolinastatefair.com.
Reach Michelle Guffey at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission is $6 for all days
THURSDAY: Gates open at 5 p.m.
FRIDAY: Gates open at 5 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. is Midnight Madness, where those attending the fair can purchase a $20 ticket that allows unlimited rides and admission for that night only.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Gates open at noon
MONDAY-OCT. 24: Gates open at 5 p.m.
OCT. 25 (last day): Gates open at noon