The Queen City Fair is underway at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center, and it includes the return of Meridian's Most Talented Contest.
Fair organizers spent the early part of Monday getting ready to open for the event that continues through Sunday.
This is the Queen City Fair's ninth year, and it continues to grow each year.
Organizer Len McRae said this year features what may be the most unique show ever.
Bixby's Rainforest Encounters shows 20 different species of animals native to four different continents. Some of these animals are a part of a show, and some are a part of the viewing exhibit. There are snakes, including Burmese pythons, as well as two-toed sloths among others.
"We want to spread the word on conservation, awareness, and saving our rain forests," said Bixby. "The animals utilize a tool to help bring awareness on the rainforests truly exist. It's not just something in a story book or in a book you read in classroom. It's something that's real and something we need to do our part and help save."
Bixby says one of the easiest things we can do to help protect the rainforests is to recycle.
"We're cutting down 46 million acres each year, and we need to do our part to help save that," said Bixby. "Otherwise these animals that you will see here at the Queen City Fair will no longer exist."
Meridian's Most Talented Contest is Thursday, Oct. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. You may register for the contest here at wtok.com.