The YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo is held annually at the Ford Park Entertainment Complex and brings thousands of visitors to Beaumont each spring with food, entertainment, and, of course, carnival rides. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) showcases the country's top cowboys and cowgirls at the YMBL Championship Rodeo while locals present their masterpieces at the School Art, Quilt and Photo Show. There's a Livestock & Poultry Show as well as a Youth Animal Auction, Kids Fun Zone and a whole lot more.
OPENING NIGHT - Thursday, May 20
FREE admission to everyone attending Opening Ceremonies at the Archway Entrance Gate of Ford Park starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the Opening Ceremonies, all admission tickets will be sold at regular price. For Opening Night, The Carnival Americana Midway offers a special unlimited ride wristband for just $35 (none will be sold after 9 p.m.)
HEB FAIR SHARE FOR HUNGER SUNDAY - Sunday, May 23
Fairgoers are admitted FREE, when they bring six (6) non-perishable HEB product can foods.The Fair will donate those can foods to the Southeast Texas Food Bank. Fair visitors without can foods pay regular entry price. The Carnival Americana Midway offers a special unlimited ride wristband for just $35 (none will be sold after 9 p.m.). Without the wristband, regular ride prices apply.
PROVOST UMPHREY FAMILY FREE NIGHT - Monday, May 24
Fairgoers can enter the Fair for FREE, courtesy of Provost Umphrey Law Firm. Carnival Rides are $2 each that evening.
EDUCATION FIRST FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Tuesday, May 25
Fairgoers can enter the Fair for FREE with a coupon AVAILABLE FROM EDUCATION FIRST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION. Quantities of coupons are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. The coupon holder may enter the Fair for the FREE and is eligible to purchase a wristband for $20. (Patrons without coupon may purchase carnival wristbands for $35 and none will be sold after 9 p.m.). This wristband allows holders to ride the carnival rides on an unlimited basis. Fair visitors without coupon pay regular entry price and regular wristband or individual ride prices.
$2 RIDE NIGHT - Wednesday, May 26
Fairgoers can ride each ride on the Carnival Americana Midway for $2 each all evening.
MILITARY/FIRST RESPONDER NIGHT - Thursday, May 27
This promotion allows FREE admission for active, retired, reserve military, National Guard and disabled veterans along active first responders and their dependents. A valid military I.D., badge or valid first responder I.D. must be shown at the Fair Admission gate.
FUN FRIDAY- Friday, May 28
Fair opens at 5 p.m. and the Carnival Americana Midway offers a special unlimited ride wristband for just $35 (none will be sold after 9 p.m.).
KID’S DAY - Last Blast Saturday, May 29
The Fair admits Kids 17 and under free of charge from 12:00 noon - 3 p.m. Regular ride prices apply.
COCA-COLA/DR. PEPPER CANTASTIC SUNDAY - Sunday, May 30
Fairgoers are admitted FREE all day long when they bring an empty or full "six‑pack" of Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper product cans. The Fair will donate the cans to a local charity. Patrons with these product cans are eligible to purchase a wristband for $20 (Patrons without the cans may purchase carnival wristbands for $35 and none will be sold after 9 p.m.). This wristband permits the holders to ride the carnival rides on an unlimited basis. Fair visitors without cans pay regular entry price and regular wristband or individual ride prices.
Be mindful of the ongoing construction on I-10 when getting to Ford Park. Follow the suggested route below to avoid road closures.