Ford Park

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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The Woodstock Music and Art Fair that took place Aug. 15-18, 1969, helped change music forever. More than 400,000 people flocked to a dairy farm in New York to see performances by Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Band, Joe Cocker, The Who, and who can forget Jimi Hendrix’s iconic rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”?

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Artist's rendering of water park

Beaumont City Council approved incentives for economic development activities and agreements for a convention hotel and water park Tuesday, April 14, by a vote of 6-1.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero

Anyone being asked to invest mon­ey in Beaumont’s new indoor soccer league should know that “international financier” Thomas Anthony Guerriero is far from whom he and his staff claim him to be.

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Anyone being asked to invest mon­ey in Beaumont’s new indoor soccer league should know that “international financier” Thomas Anthony Guerriero is far from whom he and his staff claim him to be.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved $35,914 in emergency Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grant funding to replace bulbs and ballasts at the Ford Park baseball fields at a meeting of the court Monday, Aug. 18.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Ivan Vargas of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, a real-life superhero. He’ll soon soar into Beaumont and wants Southeast Texans to come out to the show to learn how they too can become superheroes and to watch the fearless feats of circus performers who astound and amaze Children of All Ages in the newest Greatest Show on Earth, Super Circus Heroes.

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Officials within Jefferson County and the city of Beaumont are moving quickly to approve a ground lease and begin construction of a water park and hotel at Ford Park.

But not everyone is on board with the possible deal.

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photo courtesy of YMBL

This year’s South Texas State Fair, scheduled for Thurs­day, March 27 – Sunday, April 6, at Ford Park will give South­east Texans an opportunity to get out of the house after an unusually long, cold winter and enjoy some of the best food, games, rides and entertainment offered in the state.

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Aliaksandr Barson

The Examiner had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai during a tour for the media Wednesday, March 5, at Ford Arena in Beaumont.

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