Get ready for take off at the South Carolina National Guard Expo 2017. The Church Gate at Crossing Creek and Congaree and the Main Gate at 378 will be open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. Admission and parking are FREE! Bring cash to expedite the serving lines at our food and beverage vendors.
The Church Gate at Crossing Creek and Congaree and the Main Gate at 378 will be open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.
No. Admission and parking are FREE!
Yes, there will be handicapped parking close to the Expo ramp; access to this area will be available only through the main gate. A handicapped seating area will be provided near the show line. Visitors must have an official handicap placard visible in order to access handicap parking. For a map for where to park CLICK HERE
Yes, you can. There will be a designated parking area for motorcycles. All South Carolina state laws apply while on base; helmets and other personal protective equipment are recommended.
Aircrafts will take to the skies approximately 11 a.m.
Small rain umbrellas are fine to bring (the small ones that fit in a purse,) but large golf umbrellas or shade umbrellas are banned.
Dress for the elements. It is recommended to wear sunscreen and sunglasses, take a hat, wear comfortable shoes and clothes. You may do a lot of walking.
Yes. Lawn chairs, camp chairs and blankets are allowed. Lounge chairs are not permitted. All items are subject to search.
Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in a small diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Large diaper bags are not permitted. You can return to your vehicle during the expo to get extra clothes, restock diaper items, etc.
No pets are allowed, except service animals.
Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags are not permitted. Bring only necessary camera equipment, leaving extra attachments at home. A small fanny pack or vest is useful for carrying small lenses. Keep in mind that everything is subject to search.
Yes, however we do not allow glass containers, ice chests or coolers (except small coolers for medical supplies or infant formula purposes,) bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack, backpacks and Camelbaks. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and are hand-searched at security checkpoint.
Yes. There will be concessions at the air expo for food, drinks, and souvenirs.
Yes. You may leave and re-enter as many times as needed. However, anyone re-entering will have to go through security checkpoints again.
Yes, but only in designated areas and not on the flight line.
You can purchase them at the expo, but you cannot transport them onto base.
No. ID isn’t required to gain access to the installation. If you are driving on base, the driver must have a valid driver’s license. All South Carolina laws still apply.
Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the expo grounds.
Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the expo.
Due to the nature of the event, it is highly encouraged you bring hearing protection. There will be a number of aircraft taking off, landing, and performing, which will be extremely loud.
There are limited areas of shade available throughout the flight line. You can take a walk through one of our larger static displays to get a break from the sun.
In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed. However, unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications.
A static display is an aircraft that is on display inside the spectator area. It is not an aircraft that will perform in the show but it will be available for viewing and photo opportunities.
No. Only pre-approved static display and performer aircraft are allowed to fly into the base for the show.
No. There may be a practice on Friday, but it will not be open to the general public.
First aid only will be provided such as oral hydration, treatment for minor cuts and bruises, and application of emergency medications (ex. Epi-pens). Medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries/illnesses.
For more information, call the 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office or email us at or visit the official open house web page at
Take I-20 East, at Columbia take I-26 East to I-77 North to the Bluff Road exit, turn right on Bluff Rd, turn left onto Lower Richland Blvd, turn right onto Airbase Rd, turn left onto Congaree Rd, follow event signs.
Take I-26 West, I-77 North to the Bluff Road exit, turn right onto Bluff Rd turn left onto Lower Richland Blvd, turn right onto Airbase Rd, turn left onto Congaree Rd, follow event signs.
Take I-77 South. At Columbia, continue on I-77 South around the city. Turn east onto Highway 76/378. Continue on Highway 378. The McEntire main gate will be on the right.
From Myrtle Beach:
Take Highway 378 West. When the road comes to a fork, veer to the right. Continue on 378 until you see the main gate on the left side.
Take I-40 East. Turn south onto I-95. Turn west onto Highway 378 toward Sumter. Continue on Highway 378. The main gate at McEntire Joint National Guard will be on the left side. (Address: 1325 South Carolina Road, Eastover, S.C., 29044). This location should direct you to the main gate.
Take I-95 North toward Columbia, take I-26 West, and then I-77 North to the Bluff Road exit, turn right onto Bluff Rd turn left onto Lower Richland Blvd, turn right onto Airbase Rd, turn left onto Congaree Rd, follow event signs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call The 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 803-647-8208, or follow us on our social media sites for up-to-date information.
RV and Handicapped Parking Information:
All visitors driving an RV or wishing to park in handicapped parking should enter through the main gate.
There will be handicapped parking close to the expo ramp. A handicapped seating area will be provided near the show line. Follow the sign on the day of the show to find the parking and seating areas. Visitors must have an official handicap license plate or placard visible in order to access handicap parking.
For a map of where to park for people who are disabled or handicapped click here
- Roller skates/roller blades
- Skate shoes
- Large bags
- Large golf/shade umbrellas
- Knives (including pocket knives and all-purpose tools)
- Coolers/ice chests
- Glass containers
The Following Items are allowed but will be searched:
- Camera Bags
- Lawn Chairs
- Diaper Bags (if accompanying a child)