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Generations of people from all over the world have dreamed of true love’s kiss and waited for the moment when they, like Sleeping Beauty, will open their eyes as if from a dream, awakened by a kiss and a promise of a life together.

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Margarita

The margarita has been given the title of “unofficial cocktail of Texas,” and those wishing to celebrate its taste can do so at the inaugural Margarita Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon – 8 p.m. outside at the Ford Midway at Ford Park (5115 I-10 North) in Beaumont.

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Formula 1 speedboats will once again be racing down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 115 mph at the ninth annual Showdown on the Sabine, which covers three days from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp at 1000 Simmons Drive.

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BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett

The Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La., welcomes BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $20-$45 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue. Thomas, 74, is a graduate of Lamar Consolidated near Houston and has been performing since the early ’60s.

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Peter Rowan

Bluegrass fans rejoice as legendary performer Peter Rowan comes to Courville’s on Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner. Rowan, 74, was born in Boston and became the lead guitarist of the iconic Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in 1966. Rowan switched bands a year later joining Earth Opera and opened for the Doors. He’s released more than two-dozen albums, with the latest coming in 2014 with Dharma Blues.

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