The South Carolina State Fair kicked off on Wednesday afternoon to record attendance. The Cantey Building houses the agricultural exhibits, as well as commercial and amateur arts & crafts. Francis Coon has been superintendent of the ag exhibits for 15 years now, and says the number of exhibits has seen it’s ups and downs:
“Its not as much as we’ve had in the past, we are down a bit from last year. The largest pumpkins and other vegetables are a big draw for us. We have a 176 pound watermelon, but the 250 lb one had died. We have several gourds as well. We have a good variety of commodities to make it a good showing.”
Francis explains that each year they get something they’ve never had before as an entry, and this year it’s the foot-long Fava Bean. She finally made a sign for them to hopefully answer the most asked question of the fair thus far.
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Francis Coon, superintendant of ag exhibits at the South Carolina State Fair going on now through October 21st in Columbia, South Carolina.