South Texas State Fair & Rodeo

March 23 - April 4, 2023

The YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo 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 more.

Held annually at the Ford Park Entertainment Complex, the fairgrounds are filled to near capacity with over 250 booths dishing out exotic and intriguing dishes made for easy eating on the go - funnel cakes, cheesecake-on-a-stick, pork-kabobs, rabbit-on-a-stick, fried alligator, fried pickles and more. 

Entrance Fees

TICKET BOOTH ADMISSION TICKET PURCHASE PRICES: Kids 2 years and under FREE. Youth, 3 ‑ 12 years, $5.00; Adults 13 – 64 years, $10.00; Senior Citizens 65 and over, $5.00; Parking is FREE.

Carnival Rides / Midway Prices

All rides require between 2 - 6 tickets each. Individual tickets may be purchased for $1 or unlimited ride wristbands are available for $40. Find ride hours and more info.

Can't-Miss Attractions

Some of the quirkier, not-to-miss attractions include daily high dive shows (there's a man on fire!) and extreme dog tricks (cheer for your favorite high-flying four-legged friend). 

Daily Activities

Every day, you can check out the livestock, poultry, rabbit show, kid's fun zone, petting zoo, camel and pony rides, Dana Kunze World Class High Drive Show, carnival rides/Midway, relaxation stations, school art show, photography contest, quilt show, stunt dog show, and musicians and entertainers from Sweet Southern Sound.

Event Schedule

  • Thursday, March 23 - open 6-10 pm, Opening Night Festivities
  • Friday, March 24 - open 5-11 pm, Rodeo Night at 7 pm - tickets $10 for general admission, $20 reserved seating
  • Saturday, March 25 - open 12-11 pm, Rodeo Matinee at 5 pm - tickets $10 for general admission, $20 reserved seating
  • Sunday, March 26 - open 12-10 pm, H-E-B Fair Share for Hunger (free entry with six non-perishable canned vegetables)
  • Monday, March 27 - open 5-10 pm, Free Fun Night (free entry courtesy of Provost Umphrey Law Firm and $2 rides all evening)
  • Tuesday, March 28 - open 5-10 pm, Education First Family Fun Night (free entry with coupons from here and $20 unlimited ride wristbands)
  • Wednesday, March 29 - open 5-10 pm, $2 Ride Night
  • Thursday, March 30 - open 5-10 pm, Military & First Responders Appreciation Night (free admission for active, retired, reserve military, National Guard, disabled veterans along with active First Responders along with their dependents)
  • Friday, March 31 - open 5-11 pm, Ride Wristband Night
  • Saturday, April 1 - open 12-11 pm, Kids Day (free entry for everyone under the age of 17)
  • Sunday, April 2 - open 12-8 pm, Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Cantastic Sunday (free entry with a full or empty six-pack)

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