Today at the fair

Waiting for a ride to drop -- on the midway at Thursday's opening of the Coastal Carolina Fair -- October 25, 2012. (Wade Spees/

What: 56th annual Coastal Carolina Fair

Where: Exchange Park in Ladson

When: Today-Sunday

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Senior Day (60 and over only); 3-9 p.m. general public.

Tickets: $8 adults (or eight electronic books of Greenbax); $5 children 6-12 (or five electronic books of Greenbax); free for 5 and under; $4 for seniors on Senior Day. Ride tickets $4 each, $20 for a book of 20 or a hand stamp to ride all day. All entertainment free with gate ticket.

Directions: Take Interstate 26 exit 205 to U.S. Highway 78 or I-26 exit 203 to College Park Road to parking lots.

Midway: 62 rides and attractions

Gazebo Stage: Hypnotist Mark Yuzuick.

Gazebo Lawn: Lumberjack show

Gate 2: Petting zoo

Cox Pavillion: Carl Brunson the One-Man Band

Agriculture Buildings: Animal shows and bull riding

Animal Barn: Live animals

Fine Arts Building: Youth art, adult art and photography

Creative Arts Building: Woodcarvers, ceramics, needlework, crafts, quilting and decorative painting

Flower Building: “Sail Away” flower shows

Lake: Fireworks display over the lake, 8:45 p.m.

Lakefront Stage: Edwin McCain, 8 p.m.