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South Carolina State Fair Offers History of Food

October 8- 19, 2008

Funny how all fairs seem to have started from agricultural roots – that’s undoubtedly why food is such a big part of state fairs across the nation. The South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC has a long history. Early buildings were occupied by Confederate authorities and used in the manufacture of munitions of war. They’ve since moved and rebuilt several times, with more than 125,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The Fair is putting food history on display during this year’s event, with an exhibit called “America by Food,” hosted by The Humanities Council of S.C. This exhibit from The Smithsonian Institution looks at the history of our national food culture.

Other Fair food events include “Farmer of the Day,” in which you can experience life on the farm as you pick apples, dig potatoes and gather eggs, a demonstration of Spunkmeyer Cookies in the Cookie Kitchen, and SPAM samples and SPAM burgers tasting from Hormel.