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South Carolina State Fair 2013, Fairgrounds: 20 October 2013   6 comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in Uncategorized

Well, if you've been following Columbia Closings for a while, you won't find any real surprises here. I like what I like (mainly neon in the case of the State Fair) and you'll find a lot of what you found last year here this year again. I did try out the in-camera HDR setting of my LX7 some this year, and I think it works better for this kind of shot than it does for daylight ones where I've never really been happy with it.

I will say that for what should be an important anniversary year (150 years of the State Fair..) the Fair was a little sparse this year. It seemed to me that the artwork was fewer pieces spaced farther apart and the Steel Building (and the one to the right of it which name escapes me) had fewer booths this year, with some stalwarts missing. In particualr, I didn't notice the Hmong craft booth this year, and the Grey Market DVD booth was not there. There was also another surprising no-show which I'll mention tomorrow. And, granted it was Sunday evening, but still I didn't get to ride the bumper cars this year because I would have been the only car in the rink, and what's the fun of that?

Anyway, it was still fun to walk around, eat greasy food and watch the people and rides. Lots after the break!

(And check back in a few days when I finally have the skyride video uploaded..)

Also: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

UPDATE 25 October 2013: Added the cable car video. Added the full photoset.

Photosets:

Photoset 13 October 2013

Written by ted on October 20th, 2013

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6 Responses to 'South Carolina State Fair 2013, Fairgrounds: 20 October 2013'

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  1. @ted - as always, great fair pics. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Homer

    20 Oct 13 at 11:22 pm

  2. I think the biggest no-show for me was the signature analysis booth. I mean, not that I missed it, but it was conspicuous in its absence.

    Jason

    21 Oct 13 at 3:26 pm

  3. The Ferris Wheel, Superdog Booth, Slide, and Candy Apples/Popcorn are my favorite shots. I did not get to go this year. Thanks for the pics Ted.

    rick

    21 Oct 13 at 7:39 pm

  4. I don't enjoy riding rides much anymore (did a few when I was in Elementary School but now the idea doesn't appeal to me at all)...I last went in 2010 and enjoyed eating the Krispy Kreme doughnut burger (but haven't had one since)...

    Andrew

    21 Oct 13 at 10:25 pm

  5. I've never been a real fan of the rides at the fair either. I know they are inspected several times during the run but there is just something I don't trust about rides that are shipped all over the place and reassembled several times a year.

    One year I was watching the large roller coaster while it was in operation and noticed that several of the support trusses were shaking violently as the cars passed over. All I could think of was the flick Final Destination 3. I don't know if it was supposed to do that but it just didn't look right to me.

    For me the fair is all about greasy food and people watching. Give me a corn dog, vinegar fries, a cheese steak sandwich and an elephant ear and I'm a happy camper!!!

    Homer

    21 Oct 13 at 11:17 pm

  6. @Jason -- funny you should say that..

    ted

    21 Oct 13 at 11:31 pm

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