There are only a few places where it’s socially acceptable to stuff your face with a one-pound funnel cake and eight corn dogs in under 30 minutes. Sure, this year’s festival will be loaded with favorites like the Ferris wheel, swine racing, and roving clowns, but there will also be national musicians like MC Hammer on the Pepsi Grandstand. Here is a place where no one looks at you sideways for wearing a shirt with the sleeves cut off or having multiple wads of cotton candy wedged in your cheeks. Take advantage while you can.
South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Times vary. Adults, $7-$10; seniors, $7; children 5 & under, free. (803) 799-3387, scstatefair.org