Ford Park

Free family fun coming to Ford Park Entertainment Complex June 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Ford Park Community Open House will feature free live music, free kids events and games, free food, free drinks, and tons of free family entertainment and exciting ticket giveaways to upcoming events, Ford Park event coordinator Jessica Johnson said in a release.

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It takes a team of players both on and off the field to secure a big win for the team, so take your best shot and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer Thursday, April 20, at Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park.

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Come Monday, April 3, the Ford Park Entertainment Complex will be under new management, according to contract amendments filed in Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday, March 27. The original terms during contract negotiations would have meant new venue management provider Spectra taking over the helm of Ford Park on March 31, but an extension was necessary pursuant to an agreement to give certain notice to outgoing management company SMG.

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The 74th annual YMBL South Texas State Fair is underway on the grounds of Ford Park in Beaumont. Live music has always be a part of the fair, but this year, the YMBL has partnered with Outlaw Nation Red Dirt Revival to bring in some of the best regional entertainment both weekends. Friday, March 31, performing will be Will Carter and Steve Griggs Band. From Katy, Carter was the lead singer of the Texas country act The Emotions, but after graduation from Texas A&M, he pursued a solo career with his own original music.

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Ford Park Entertainment Complex, the Jefferson County publicly subsidized event center, costs taxpayers roughly $2 million every year, but elected officials are hoping new management can cut the amount of support needed from county coffers to run the facility and breathe life into the underutilized venue.

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As 2016 comes to a close, Jefferson County has yet to ink a deal with a new management firm to oversee the Ford Park Entertainment Complex. After months of negotiation, a contract to secure the services of a management firm for the publicly subsidized entertainment complex is held up as lawyers review the proposition on the table, according to county purchasing agent Deborah Clark.

Under the tenure of SMG, Ford Park has run at a nearly $2 million annual deficit – a deficit charged to taxpayers of Jefferson County.

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Wayne A. Reaud and John Adolph with Lorelia Boehl, Billy Warren and Jon Adolph.

The Reaud Family Foundation achieved a remarkable milestone in 2016, now having given away over 30,000 bicycles and children’s Bibles and blessing tens of thousands of children’s lives since the program started in 1998 with the gifting of 125 bicycles at its first annual Bicycles and Bibles event.

The idea behind the program came from Wayne A.

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The LCM Battlin’ Bear Band stopped by Ford Park on their way to an away game in Navasota on Friday, Nov. 4, for a midday rehearsal. The band went to the UIL State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio on Monday, Nov.

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Ford Pavilion

On the eve of a deadline to give word to current Ford Park Entertainment Complex management company SMG as to Jefferson County’s intent to either keep the management team they’ve been with for 15 years or sign with a competitor, Jefferson County Commissioner Everett “Bo” Alfred reported that not only have both companies been informed of the county’s decision, but a tentative contract from new management provider Spectra was in the hands of Purchasing Director Deborah Clark as of Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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