COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the state works to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the South Carolina State Fair has opened in Columbia, a welcome diversion for many people.

The fair opened at midday Wednesday and will run through Oct. 23.

The 147th State Fair includes several new foods, three new rides and plenty of other activities.

The fall-like weather and sunny skies seemed to be just what fairgoers were looking for Wednesday.

Assistant general manager Nancy Smith says fair officials expect about 500,000 to attend this year.