The annual Lone Star Fair & Expo will have plenty of rattlesnakes and gators this year, it’s true, but it’s the event will also feature dozens of vendors with a variety of foods, gifts, crafts and merchandise for attendees to browse and buy.   

From snakeskin wallets to fluffy funnel cakes, the fair will include vendors from across Brown County and throughout West-Central Texas.   

Patrick McLaughlin of the Brownwood Jaycees said this year’s fair will have something for everyone. “One of the things that we have at the Lone Star Fair & Expo is cheesecake,” McLaughlin said. “They’re going to be selling cheesecake on a stick, and it’s going to be drizzled in chocolate and different things like that.   

“Even at our booth, the Jaycees booth, we’re going to be selling snow cones, fried rattlesnake meat with fries and chili cheese fries,” he said.   

Shelby Estrella helps run Abilene’s Genuine Southern Funnel Cakes, which will be offering its powdered-sugar products all weekend at the fair. This is Genuine Southern’s first year at the Lone Star Fair & Expo.   

“Ours are really good,” Estrella said. “They’re really fluffy, and a lot of people keep requesting us. We actually have people that follow us now.”   

Genuine Southern makes curly fries, fried pickles, cheese sticks, caramel apples, sweet tea and lemonade to go with its famous cakes. “We have our nice little saying: You’ve tried the rest, now have the best,” she said.   

But there’s lots more than just food at the fair, McLaughlin said. “We’re going to have a lot of rattlesnake paraphernalia,” he said. “One of the things that’s really cool about rattlesnake paraphernalia and taxedermied rattlesnakes is that you can get those types of things as gifts.”   

McLaughlin also mentioned Victoria’s Canned Peppers, Lighting the Way Candles, Knife Republic and Damsel in Defense as some of the vendors that will attend. He said the fair will include pony rides, bounce houses and face paining for its younger attendees as well.   

The Lone Star Fair & Expo runs Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults over 12 and $3 for children.