AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Gates at the Western Carolina Fair in Aiken will be open Friday starting at 5 p.m. Officials say it took about a week to 10 days to put together all of the attractions you’ll see.
“I enjoy watching all of the kids come in and with a smile on their face,” Doug Wolf of the Western Carolina Fair told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk.
Crews spent much of Friday morning putting the finishing touches on rides and other attractions. A number of inspectors are making sure rides are operating as they should.
“We have independent inspectors here as well as the state inspectors for these rides,” Wolf said.
The fair is expanding this year to provide you with greater options. “We’ve got almost 50 rides this year. We’ve expanded the midway as well as some of the entertainment also. This year we’re also taking and giving away a brand new car,” Wolf added.
All you have to do for the car, grab a one dollar ticket. The car will be given out on the last day of the fair. You must be present to win.
Those old favorites are still around like the Ferris wheel, funnel cakes, and other odds and ends. One of the new attractions, The Rampage.
“It is one of the largest rollercoasters that is movable from one site to another,” Wolf added.
There are Pork Chop Review and Cow Town USA where children can milk cows as they use to years and years ago. The sea lion splash is also back. A beer garden will even be on hand with live entertainment each of the three nights it’s open for days where the parents may want to relax a little bit.
Admission is $8 with specials on the website. Security will be on hand to make sure it’s an enjoyable experience
“We are going to have metal detectors at the gates so leave your metals at home. We will have plenty of security on hand to make sure that happens,” Wolf said.
“The thing I’m looking to the most is the brand new roller coaster that’s gonna be coming in. It seems pretty cool,” Junior fair board member James Dennis said.
Fair officials say it’s all about making those memories for the kids.
“How excited they are to be able to take and get on the rides and look at the attractions and bring my little grandson out here and hear him holler ‘hey pepaw you can take me on that ride now,'” Wolf recalls.
The fair is in the All America City now through October 28.
You can find the fair schedule at: http://westerncarolinastatefair.com/fair-schedule/