BROWNWOOD, Texas -

This weekend is your chance to see a lot of snakes up close and personal.

Brownwood's 50th annual Rattlesnake Roundup, as part of the Lone Star Fair & Expo, officially began as of Friday at 3 p.m.

"We are expecting probably one of our biggest years that we've ever had," said Ashley McLaughlin. McLaughin, the Rattlesnake Roundup chair, said she is expecting the turnout to be upwards of 8,000 people.

She added there are about 60 different vendors for the community to check out.

One of those vendors is Jerry Channel of Lewisville, Texas, who skins snakes and turns them into products such as wallets and belt buckles.

He said he's been coming to Brownwood's snake show for the last 4 years to get some business. "I enjoy the working and it's a good hobby."

"I'm most excited about having all the people here and just seeing everyone be happy. I just enjoy the environment," said McLaughlin. "I think people are drawn to this because it's unique and it's a weird event that people are curious about. They want to see what's going on."

According to McLaughlin, the Rattlesnake Roundup will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $3 for adults and $2 for children.