After months of preparation, the Lone Star Fair & Expo finally kicked off on Friday with food, merchandise, gators and, of course, plenty of rattlesnakes.

The Brownwood Coliseum floor was covered with vendors selling everything from specialty soaps to candles to knives to engraved cutting boards. Just outside in the Coliseum parking lot, food stands offered Mexican dishes, cajun food and desserts like funnel cake.

Mika Reznik and her family have been coming to the Lone Star Fair & Expo for several years now after spending spring break at Lake Brownwood. Reznik, from Odessa, said she enjoys the opportunity to visit Brownwood each year. “It’s one of the only times we actually want to see a rattlesnake,” Reznik joked. “It’s very cool to see Gator Country. We just like to support the local events and even though we’re from Odessa we like to participate with Brownwood also, since we spend our vacation time here.”

Kim Harris came to the fair as a vendor with her women’s clothing and accessories store, Buckin Boutique. Harris said it was her first time at the fair. “It’s been great so far,” she said. “Lots of friendly people.”

The fair continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Gator Country will conduct live shows with alligators and other creatures on Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m.

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 13.