In the early 20th century, the Carolina Ball was still a prominent event during the State Fair. There was a State Fair every year since 1869, except for 1918, because of the Influenza Epidemic. Columbia was generally one giant fair-ground, with activities going on all over the city, with the main features still on Main Street. Contrary to popular belief, “Big Thursday” did not originate as a result of the Carolina-Clemson football game. Rather, it was just the day where the most activities took place.