After a short ceremony hosted by the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) and a pitch-perfect national anthem and flag salute, the South Texas Fair and Rodeo was officially opened Thursday, March 22.
Hundreds of Southeast Texas residents showed up for the opening, surrounding the opening gates in anticipation of free entry on the opening evening.
YMBL spokesman Donnie Warner said the fair is a source of fun and money for all Southeast Texans.
“This is our biggest revenue of the year,” he said. “The money that we raise here during the 11-day period will go back into the community to basically any 501c group that’s out there.”
Warner said charitable organizations who depend on the fair include Girls' Haven, Boys' Haven, The Humane Society and the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program.
With more than 500 vendors and a slew of rides and games, Warner said the fair is more than a big deal.
“This is the second largest state fair in the state of Texas,” he said.
Admission to the fair is $8 for adults and $4 for students. Children under 11 get in free.