The 79th Galveston County Fair & Rodeo officially opens today, but action was already in full swing at the fairgrounds in Hitchcock on Thursday. Livestock show participants and cook-off hopefuls began checking in, and organizers opened a late-night sneak peek of the carnival.

Gates open at the fair at 4 p.m. today. Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. and concert headliner Roger Creager is scheduled to take the stage at about 10:30 p.m.

The fair and rodeo goes through April 30.

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