An impressive crowd of Lowcountry folks filled the Exchange Park in Ladson on the first evening of the Coastal Carolina Fair (Thurs. Oct. 27). The fair celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and offers a slew of food vendors, family entertainment, and variety of concerts and special events.

Georgia-based country singer Colt Ford filled the Lakefront Stage mini-amphitheater nearly to the brim with his hard-rockin’ set at 7:30 p.m. Through the warm evening and into the cool night, throngs of couple, spazzy teenagers, full-sized families, and retirees strolled the avenues around the lake, checking out the new rides (the twisting and twirling Nemesis 360 seemed to be the big favorite), T-shirts, leather goods, farm animals, and greasy/sugary fare.

Several concession stands offered “Deep-Fried Kool-Aid,” which resembled a sweet, red-jelly-filled doughnut hole. Other battered favorites included fried cheese, fried candy bars, fried rice, fried onions, fried pickles. Traditional treats like foot-long corn dogs, smoked turkey legs, ribbon fries, elephant ears, and tacos remain big hits, too.

The fair runs through Sat. Nov. 5. Visit for more.

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