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Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator-on-a-stick. Have some pork kabobs, donut burgers, candy apples, popcorn and a plethora of fried snacks. Just about anything you can think of to eat is available from more than 75 food vendors at the 73rd annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 24, with the 11-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 3.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. next Thursday and there is literally something for everyone. Some come for the food. Some come for the games, carnival rides, exhibits, live music and the rodeo.

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Thursday, April 28, for the first time since 2004, comedic legend Gallagher is set to perform in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont with the Joke’s on You Comedy Tour featuring fellow comedians Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson.

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James McMurtry

Courville’s welcomes James McMurtry on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Big Rich’s famous buffet dinner. McMurtry, 53, is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. James, who impressed fellow musician John Cougar Mellencamp during his early years, has released more than a dozen albums with his last, Complicated Game, coming in 2015. It charted in several Billboard Top 10s and received high praise from critics. For tickets, call (409) 860-9811.

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Donnie Darko

Classic Movie Night continues with the 2001 fantasy film Donnie Darko on Friday, March 18, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal, a troubled teen who see visions of a rabbit who tells him the world will soon end and manipulates him into doing crime. The film is 1:53 in length and Rated R. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Lamar Institute of Technology will host its ninth annual LIT Foundation Shoot-Out on Saturday, April 2, at the 1-in-100 Gun Club (1228 FM 421) in Lumberton. The event raises money for scholarships for students at Lamar Institute of Technology. Teams of four shooters will traverse the course, trying their skills at shooting clays and flights will begin at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded by the Lewis System, which gives any shooter an opportunity to be a winner. Individual cost to participate is $175.

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