The Ellis County Fair and Rodeo kicked off Friday with a ribbon cutting by the Waxahachie, Midlothian and the Ennis Chambers of Commerce.

Along with the staff who organized the first-ever fair and rodeo were directors with the Ellis County Youth Expo and city leaders.

Opening weekend included the junior rodeo, United Professional Rodeo Association, and live bands. This week will bring in more than 500 exhibitors for the annual Ellis County Youth Expo.

"Waxahachie is the county seat, so I think we've always been lucky to be in a central location. But for us to reach out to our neighbors, and to bring it all in together as one it makes it a bigger family," Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce President Sandy King said.

"It's great that the county came together to have a county-wide fair. It's super cool. I think everyone coming in and having a good time. It's about the kids showing their animals. To me, that's what speaks to Ellis County," Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President Cammy Jackson said.

"It's really exciting, exciting for the kids. I know they are looking forward to this. Now we need chamber-of-commerce weather all week long," Ennis Chamber of Commerce President Jeannette Patak.


Related: Ellis County Fair and Rodeo kicks-off with live bands; brings in over 500 junior exhibitors


Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450