Jerry Nelson

Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator on a stick. Then 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 74th annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 30, with the 10-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 9.

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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Jerry Nelson might be known as “Nutty” to some, but his vision to bring excitement as well as entertainment to Southeast Texas is clear, and his newest venture in Beaumont will definitely bring a breath of fresh air to a scene that needs something new and different.

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Summer is here and kids are out of school, leaving many parents faced with the often daunting task of providing summer entertainment. Southeast Texas families need not worry; Elise’s Family Fun Center in Winnie is here to relieve summer boredom.

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