Carnival workers helping out a good cause at Coastal Carolina Fair

(Valencia Wicker/WCIV)

By Valencia

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Fried food and Ferris wheels are a sure sign the fair is in town. But, the yearly visit is one with a cause.

"One thing that we want the community to knowis that we don't earn anything out here," said Dennis Lott, president of the Coastal Carolina Fair, which is put on by the Exchange Club. "When they come in and spend money through the gates and spend money for that hand stamp, it's staying in the community. Last year, we supported some 62 charities to the tune of about $622,000."

For the Exchange Club, the more people who attend, the better.

"When we are full and we have four or five people per car, we can run 50,000 or 55,000 people. Once they get in, we have some 65 rides divided between two kiddie lands and a main midway."

This year comes with some changes.{}The fair will be open 11 days instead of 10 and open on Saturdays at 10 a.m. instead of noon.