HITCHCOCK — Many of the animals are checked in, the carnival rides are humming and the funnel cakes and corn dogs are frying.

The 76th Galveston County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates today.

And as seems to be the tradition — even though statistically not true — that Mother Nature is looking to welcome fair goers with a little bit of rain.

The festivities are on, rain or shine.

That includes one of the state’s biggest seafood cook-offs, which starts today.

The rodeo action also gets going with jackpot bull riding. Also in the rodeo arena is one of the fair’s most popular events — mutton busting.

Crowds seem to take great delight in seeing youngsters strapped to a back of a sheep and holding on for dear life.

The first of the livestock competitions start this weekend. Junior heifer judging is scheduled for today.

The fair isn’t all about animals. Galveston County art students are also competing in the fair’s art contest.

For those wanting to boot-scoot, Texas Music Male Vocalist of the Year Cody Johnson takes to the stage tonight.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

Expanded coverage

The Daily News again will offer expanded coverage of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo with daily results, special features on contestants and plenty of photos of all of the action.

We also want to include your photos and videos. When you post your photos to either Facebook or Twitter, include the hashtag #GCDN so we can feature some of your photos and videos.

See each day’s print edition or go to galvnews.com for the most complete coverage of the 76th Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.

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