South Carolina State Fair

October 12, 2019

Past Dates: October 20, 2018 / October 21, 2017 / October 15, 2016 / FRIDAY-October 16, 2015 / October 11, 2014

Columbia, SC

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TATTING REGISTRATION of Entries-due July through August. Go to the SC State Fair page for online entry. Can we make this the largest number of tatting entries since 2002? In 2011, we had the most entries-58. THANKS!

REGISTER to ENTER: In July and August, no entry fee. In September there is an entry fee. Go to the SC State Fair page to register.

Entries Received: The Tuesday & Wednesday - A week before opening day.
Time: 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Location: Moore Building Enter Gate 1 on Rosewood Drive and proceed to the Moore Building.

DATE OF JUDGING: The Thursday after receiving. (closed judging)

Entries picked up: The MONDAY and TUESDAY after the last Sunday for the Fair. 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Enter Gate 1 on Rosewood Drive and proceed to Moore Building with entry Claim Check(s).

TATTING ENTRIES (check online for updates and other possibilities)

Register your pieces online. There is no fee to register during July and August. Go to the

Tatting is under Home & Craft, Fancy Work, Embroidery, Needle Arts & Miscellaneous.  See possible categories below. We will gladly help you register your pieces at the PTG meetings.   Note: You no longer must enter your Social Security number to register an entry but if you win a blue ribbon, you will not get a check if you do not enter your SS#.

Delivery of Fancy Work:  Tuesday and Wednesday week before Fair opens-October 1 & 2, 2013. Don't forget your entry cards. A Palmetto Tatter will gladly deliver your handiwork if you get them your pieces by September 30 along with your entry cards that the State Fair will mail to you after you register online. (You may wish to bring entries to the Aug. or Sept. meetings or to Tat Days.)

Date of Judging (Closed to public): Thursday the week before Fair opens.


  • Must be a resident of South Carolina
  • May enter one (1) article per class (numbered category)
  • No article having previously been shown at the Fair and having received a premium may be entered.
  • All work must have been done by the exhibitor and within the last three (3) years.
  • A person is considered a professional if he/she has earned more than $1,000 during this year teaching the craft, selling or bartering his/her work and would have an unfair advantage over a hobbyist. Unless otherwise designated, all classes should be entered only by amateurs.
  • Complete rules are on the State Fair page.

YOUTH have 2 categories:  Ages 5-11 and Ages 12-18
SENIORS can also enter in category SS if Age 70+

SPECIAL Palmetto Tatters Guild Awards

There will be additional judging done by a Palmetto Tatters Guild judge and special awards will be given for:
Best Double Stitches & Picots (Ribbon + $40)
Most Innovative Tatted Design (Ribbon + $40)
Judges' Recognition Award (Ribbon + $40)
Best Youth Entry
(Ribbon + $25)

Ideas for CATEGORIES (Sometimes they change)

3033 - Tatting - Christmas
3034 - Tatting - Decorative
3035 - Tatting - Doily (any shape or size)
3036 - Tatting - Edging (attached or unattached)
3037 - Tatting - Jewelry
3038-  Tatting - Wearable (infant and other clothing)


8216 – Tatting
8209 – Homemade Article
8217 – Tablecloth
8218 - Any Other Work not listed


We can always use volunteers at our SC State Fair to work our booth. We are there ALL day, 9 to 9. We work in 2 hour shifts. We mostly demo tatting, sharing our love for the art. We also share the little pieces of tatting that have been so graciously donated. And we may even do a little teaching of tatting between 1 and 3. To volunteer, please write Donna at

Tatted Pieces to Share


WOW! Each year, we are AMAZED at the GENEROSITY and CREATIVITY of the International Tatting Community!

We are in need of small tatted items to share with the attendees at the fair again this year. Can you help? We have folks come by our booth every year just to get their tatted piece. They are treasured by all.

Fish, and Owls (as a necklace), and Spiders (as a necklace) are very popular.

Mail items to
Palmetto Tatters Guild
P.O. Box 1597
Lexington, SC 29071


Tatted Butterflies
2006 Butterflies

Tatted Beauties
2006 Beauties

2018 Tatting Entries

2017 Pictures

2012 Winners/Awards

2011 Winners/Awards

2010 State Fair Winners

2009 Pictures of Entries and Winners

Booth Pictures from 2009

Picture Video from 2009 (4 min)

Picture Video from 2009 (2 min)

Winners from 2008 Fair

2007 Fair

2006 PICTURES of Booth


2005 Booth Pictures

2005 Judging Results

2004 Butterflies
2003 Pictures Tatting Entries
2003 Pictures Booth Pictures

2002 State Fair
2001 State Fair
2001 Pictures - Winners and Booth
2001 Slideshow of sharing Butterflies and Small Tats
2000 Booth Pictures

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