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The South Carolina State Fair Welcomes the 2016 Fall Crowd

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Virginia Simpkins' cotton candy booth caters one of the fair's favorite treats. Virginia Simpkins' cotton candy booth caters one of the fair's favorite treats.
Kris loves giving motorcycles to the winners at his booth. Kris loves giving motorcycles to the winners at his booth.

By Victoria Broughton

The South Carolina State Fair opened October twelfth and families flooded through the gates to enjoy everything the fair has to offer.  However there were about 700 people who were on the fair grounds to welcome the crowd.  Scooter Kirk is vice president of client services with the North American Midway Entertainment, says the fair family travels to nineteen American locations.

"Our show travels with about four hundred to four hundred and twenty-five traveling people that man our rides, games, and food concessions.  We have hired I think another two hundred and twenty-five to two hundred and fifty local people to help us with out operations", he says.

Fair employee Virginia Simpkins works at the cotton candy booth.  The pink hue of the cotton candy matches the pink  in her hair.  It was a match made in fair heaven. 

"We have to do a lot of cleaning and a lot of making cotton candy.  And I was cotton candy from head to toe", she said.

There is more to the fair than just the food.  Kris has been with the fair for four years and his favorite part of the fair is making children happy.

"I love giving kids motorcycles! We give away motorcycles to little boys that come and they win one or moms win one for their sons.  It's fabulous" he said.

The state fair has been on Bluff Road since 1904 and has delivered family fun every October since then.

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