Aiken, SC – The Western Carolina State Fair kicks off Thursday as the fair hosts ceremony with speakers, music and an introduction of the opening night theme “Ta-Ta Thursday” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd.
Speakers include the Western Carolina State Fair’s President, Tony Rickard, and the Fair’s Vice President of Operations, Tommy Molony. Attendees will enjoy a presentation by South Aiken High School’s color guard, as well as a rendition of the ‘National Anthem’.
Linda Lucas with the Western Carolina State Fair Foundation will present the theme of opening night, sponsored by Aiken Regional Medical Centers, which includes half-price admission for anyone who wears pink to the fair, and a special pink tent where fair goers receive free popcorn, cotton candy, a pink manicure, information about breast cancer, and more.
“We’ll be painting the fair pink, and even fair employees will be wearing pink shirts,” said Lucas, “I am especially pleased we are donating proceeds to an organization local to the Aiken area.”
On opening night, half of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Savannah River Cancer Foundation, located in Barnwell, South Carolina.
“With large, national organizations it is hard to know where your money is going,” said Lucas, “but by donating to the Savannah River Cancer Foundation, we know donations go right back into our own community.”
The community is invited to join local dignitaries and fair representatives for the opening ceremony. The fair opens immediately after the ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the gate, online, or at several locations in the surrounding area.
The complete fair schedule and list of ticket locations may be found online. Mega Passes, which include gate admission and unlimited rides to the fair, may be purchased for $25 until October 21.