The Carter County Commissioners participated in the official opening of the 2018 Carter County Free Fair, giving away free watermelon to fair goers. 

Despite a rainy start, many families came to check out the competition and eat watermelon.

“The County Commissioners have been doing this for at least 30 years,” said Carter County Commissioner for District 1, Joe David McReynolds. All the commissioners and their families came out to support the free community event, McReynolds said. 

Other opening night events included a petting zoo, a pet costume contest, weenie dog races, a frog jumping contest and terrapin races. 

Artwork, including photographs, paintings, drawings and quilts, are all displayed inside the Hardy Murphy Coliseum along with entrant information and honors awarded. 

The fair continues through Saturday evening with other events including story time with Eddie Eagle, Children’s Day, horse speed events, multiple livestock shoes and vendor booths in addition to games and rides with the Pride of Texas Carnival on the fairgrounds, said fair manager Angie Green. “The livestock shows will be going on through Saturday night,” Green said. Meat goats, dairy and pygmy goats, swine, sheep, hogs and cattle categories will be shown throughout the week.

Check out for a photo gallery from Wednesday.