If you’re staying in one of our SC vacation rentals in the next week or couple weekends, it’s time to “Come Ye to the Fair,” to quote that great song from Broadway’s classic, Brigadoon.

Talk about a long-standing Lowcountry tradition  –  it’s time again for the 60th annual (!) Coastal Carolina Fair.  It’s a pretty big deal around these parts, and 250,000 are expected to attend over the course of its run.

Who knows  –  maybe you could have your own “The Notebook” Noah-meets-Allie moment.

This year, the fair runs from October 27th through November 6th.

Fair fun near our SC vacation rentals

Fair fun near our SC vacation rentals

A dozen big musical acts will be performing; check their website or Facebook page for details.  All concerts are at the Lakefront Stage, and admission is free with entrance to the fair.  Here’s their FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/CoastalCarolinaFair/

As for things to see and do, you have an overchoice:

Carolina Dancers

Randall Dukes

Manalo Dance Company

Magician Caleb Alexander

Sweetgrass Revival

Mark Yuzuick, Hypnotist

Talent Search

Fashion Shows

Coastal Carolina Fair Pageants in several age divisions

Creative, Fine Arts, Photography and Youth Arts Shows

Flower Show

LEARN Horse Rescue Show

Petting Zoo

Countless Vendors

Numerous 4-H Competitions and Events

…not to mention the Midway Rides and Kiddieland Rides!  There are more than 65 carnival rides to choose from.

And of course, there will be the requisite bad-for-you deep-fried fair food.  The buzz was on about last year’s hot item…. Deep-Fried Barbecue-on-a-Stick.  Apparently the folks making it have come here from Raleigh’s fair, where it was a giant hit in the other Carolina.  According to its maker, Derek Porter of State Fair Foods, “It’s pulled pork, dipped in hush-puppy batter and deep-fried.”  Here’s a link to the Post & Courier’s resident foodie, Hanna Raskin’s, take on it:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20141029/PC0301/141029361

Fairs happen all over the country, but this one is ‘specially convenient to SC vacation rentals.

The Coastal Carolina Fair is located at the Exchange Park in Ladson, a pretty convenient drive from all our SC vacation rentals, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.  For your GPS, it’s at 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson.  From a Folly Beach house Charleston, just head over to the peninsula and catch I-26, then head up to the Ladson exit.  From a luxury house on Isle of Palms, the easiest would be to head over the Connector to Mount Pleasant, get on I-526 till you reach I-26, then head north (well, technically west, I-26 West) till you reach the Ladson exit.

Here’s the official website with all the scoop, including ticket prices, hours, schedules, and parking info:  http://www.coastalcarolinafair.org/

Halloween near our SC vacation rentals

Halloween near our SC vacation rentals

Oh, by the way, Happy Halloween!  If you’re choosing to spend it in a Charleston beach house, especially one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, keep an eye peeled for those little trick-or-treaters  –  though many of them head to the IOP Rec Center for the island Halloween Carnival.  That’ll take place next Monday (Halloween) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  There will be costume contests for many different kids’ age divisions.  Here’s more:  http://www.iop.net/halloween-carnival

If you are working on a last minute scary costume, here’s a recipe for:

Fake Blood:

Light corn syrup

A dash of liquid castile soap (to make cleanup easier)

Some red food coloring

For darker more realistic blood, add in a little blue food coloring or some chocolate syrup.


Or for a happier costume, here’s one for Fairy Glitter:

Aloe Vera Gel

Fine Glitter

Mix well together and spread on your skin.  Or, you can use mineral makeup or L’oreal instant bronzer (for a tan fairy).


Here’s a link to more costume recipes, including one for edible goop (for fake wounds, warts, etc.): http://www.thesmartmama.com/non-toxic-homemade-halloween-makeup/

In the spirit of keeping our planet around for a while, here are six tips for a green Halloween:  http://green.harvard.edu/tools-resources/green-tip/6-tips-greener-halloween


So Happy Halloween… stay safe, and may you have more treats than tricks come your way.  And when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina  –  namely beach rentals Charleston  –  call EP.  Our portfolio includes the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger