Ongoing rain has forced the Jim Wells County Fair to move its annual Horse Show to Beeville Saturday morning.

Jim Wells County Fair Association officials said because of standing water in the outdoor arena at the fairgrounds, the Horse Show is being moved to the Bee County Expo Center in Beeville. Fair officials said the Expo Center will be able to accommodate the show since it has a covered arena and a paved parking area.

The event’s start time was also moved to 9 a.m. to allow contestants extra travel time.

While the county fair doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, the Horse Show is the fair’s first show.

The fair officially kicks off Wednesday at the fairgrounds with the Market Poultry Show at the West Show Arena and the Market Lamb Show at the Show Arena.

The highlight of the first day for the public is the annual Jim Wells County Fair Parade through downtown Alice. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Texas Boulevard by Schallert Elementary School. The route travels south on Texas and takes a turn on Third Street. It turns south on Cameron Street in front of the Jim Wells County Courthouse before turning onto Main Street.

The presentation of the annual Photogenic Contest winners is set for 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds Show Arena. The Jim Wells County Fair Queen’s Contest follows at 8 p.m.

Gate admission to the fairgrounds is $5 per person or $20 per vehicle of up to eight people. Children under 6 have free admission into the fair.