Because of another heavy round of rain predicted for Wednesday, the Jim Wells County Fair Association was forced to break from tradition and cancel this year’s county fair parade.

The parade was planned for Wednesday through the streets of Alice. The parade is a beloved part of the season and symbolizes the beginning of the fair.

The rest of the fair will go on as scheduled, fair association officials said.

The ongoing rain has made for soggy conditions at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds. Still, the 81st Jim Wells County Fair begins Wednesday and ends Saturday night. 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.

The fair is being dedicated to Alvin Streadl and Arnoldo Saenz. Streadl, 76, is a longtime fair volunteer, director and former president. Saenz, who passed away a year ago, is a former Jim Wells County judge who gave tirelessly to the county fair.

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

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. This year’s contestants are Autumn Jordan Flowers from Orange Grove High School and Gabriella Maria Reynado and Mariel Esmeralda Zambrano. All three girls are high school seniors.