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Grand opening, ribbon cutting planned for fair

September 5, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – The first Greater Pee Dee State Fair will start Thursday with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Florence Center.

The ceremony will start at 3:45 p.m. The fair will open to the public at 4 p.m.

The fair is expeted to draw tens of thousands of people over 11 days, said Nick Hooker, the Florence Center’s director of marketing.

Venue and fair management will host a brief welcome ceremony, address the crowd and give thanks before cutting the ribbon, letting the first guests into the inaugural event.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will include confetti cannons.

The Florence Center is located at 3300 W. Radio Drive in Florence.

Through hard work and a bit of luck with weather conditions, “we anticipate the growth of this annual event to elevate the fair into one of the Pee Dee’s and South Carolina’s premier, largest, and favorite annual events,” Hooker said.