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Welcome to Fairfield County!


Fairfield County encompasses 696 square miles of rolling fields, pine forests and lakes. Fairfield County has a population of 24,000 people with three incorporated towns. Jenkinsville has a population of 40 people and Ridgeway has a population 350 people. The County seat is located in Winnsboro, with a population of 3600. There are, however, many other areas with in the county which are not incorporated: Blair, Blackstock, Greenbriar, Monticello, White Oak and Rion.

Fairfield County offers residents a slower pace. Steeped in history dating to colonial times, Fairfield County offers a different perspective on life. If you want to get away from the bustle and hassle of large cities and their surrounding communities, Fairfield County is the place. You will find the residents are friendly and helpful, the traffic minimal and the area serene. Columbia, the state capital, is a 30 minute drive, and Charlotte, NC is a little over an hour. Both Columbia and Charlotte airports offer easy access to air travel. The Fairfield County Airport offers services for private aircraft of prop and small jets.

In the northeastern portion of the county, is Lake Wateree and Lake Wateree State Park. In the southwestern portion of the county is Lake Monticello. Both lakes offer over 20,000 surface acres of recreation, fishing and camping. Wild turkey and white tailed deer are major game attracting hunters every year. Lakes stocked with a variety of fish offer both tournament and private fishing.


Fairfield County South Carolina Demographics


Fairfield County is located in the Midlands of South Carolina. Convenient to Interstates 77, 20 and 26, located on US Highway 321.

Residents experience the four seasons, which occasionally, but rarely, includes snow.

Average temperatures for Winnsboro are:

January High 52, low 31

April High 71 low 48

July High 91 low 71

October High 74 low 49

Average rainfall 45-50 inches per year.

The area sits on a ridge and generally does not flood, although areas around the lakes do on rare occasion of unusually high rainfall.

Other web sites that contain information that might be helpful to you are:

Demographics: www.quickfacts.census.gov

Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance web site: www.cceda.org

Winnsboro: www.townofwinnsboro.com

Ridgeway: www.ridgewaysc.org

Fairfield County: www.fairfieldsc.com

Fairfield County is a member of the Olde English Tourism District (OED) who promotes sites and events within a 7 county area in the northern Midlands. Their web site is www.sctravel.net


General Information

Fairfield County is the home of more than 200 churches and congregations, some dating back over 200 years. Many social and civic organizations, such as Lions, Rotary, General Federation of Women’s Clubs are here, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts, Historical Society, Friends of the Museum and Library, bridge, garden, book and music study clubs.

The South Carolina Railroad Museum, the official state railroad museum is located just south of Winnsboro. The line was used to bring quarried Winnsboro Blue Granite to the main line to be transported all over the world. The museum offers rides to the public during the summer, Santa rides before Christmas, and Easter Bunny rides in the spring. The also have exhibits of vintage rail cars. They attract about 10,000 people a year to ride the train through history.

In 2007 Phase I of Carolina Adventure World opened. CAW is a world class outdoor activity park with ATV trails, horseback riding, hiking, and camping for the whole family. CAW attracts as many as 10,000 people on a weekend when the Spartan Run "Beast" events are held. Obviously, this will have a major economic impact on the County.

Several small industries make their homes in Fairfield County. New companies in 2014-15, include BOMAG Americas, Hidral USA, and Element TV.  Other established companies include Mekra Lang North America, DuraFiber Technology (formerly Uniroyal/Michelin), Breakthru Beverage (formerly Ben Arnold Beverage Company), Isola Group, and many more. Fairfield County has two industrial parks and another in the beginning development stage.

We also like to have fun. Please join us for the annual festivals and events:

First Friday in Ridgeway every month includes fun evening events, merchants sales and more. During the summer also includes a free outdoor movie. Sponsored by the Town of Ridgeway and the Ridgeway Merchants Assoc.

Lions Annual Pancake Supper ( Feb) sponsored by the Winnsboro Lions Club


Red Cross Spaghetti Supper (March) Sponsored by the Fairfield Chapter of Red Cross

Easter Promanade (Saturday before Easter)  parade down Palmer St in your best Easter Hat.  Sponsored by the Ridway Merchants Assoc.

Behavioral Health’s Alcohol Awareness 5K Run/Walk (April) in recognition of Alochol Awareness Month.  Sponsord by Behavior Health Services

Blair Coalition of Churches Family Day & Parade(April)

Wings & Wheels Air Festival at the Fairfield County Airport  on the 2nd  Saturday in May. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Aeronautical Commission.

Arts on the Ridge at the Century House in Ridgeway. (1st Saturday in May) Featuring works by Fairfield County artists, exhibits and demonstrations, items for sale, sponsored by the Town of Ridgeway, Fairfield County Arts Council and Pig of Ridge Committee..

Paw Parade (July ) sponsored by Downtown Historic Winnsboro Merchants Assos.

Shaggin' In The Street (July) fun evening shaggin' to live band in fromt of Town Clock sponsored by the Town of Winnsboro

Big Grab Yard Sale (weekend after Labor Day) Miles & niles of great yard sales between Blythewood, Ridgeway and Winnsboro.

Rock Around the Clock Festival in downtown Winnsboro County’s largest street festival on the first weekend in October. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.

Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament (October)

Pumpkin Fest (October) kid's events and amusements, tirick or treating on Congress St.  Sponsored by the Historic Downtown Winnsboro Merchants Assos.



Pig on the Ridge BBQ Cook Off in Ridgeway the first weekend in November. Sponsored by the Town of Ridgeway

Annual Christmas Parades – Ridgeway and Winnsboro have Christmas parades in late November and early December. Everyone invited to participate.


Many smaller events take place throughout the year, sponsored by local social and civic organizations and churches and schools.

If we can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 803 635-4242 or by emailing Terry Vickers at fchamber@truvista.net and Susan Yenner at fchamber02@truvista.net

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