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South Texas State Fair & Rodeo

May 20-30, 2021

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 $35 May 20, May 23, May 24, May 27, and May 30. Click here for 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, May 20 - open 6-10 pm, Opening Night Festivities
  • Friday, May 21 - open 5-11 pm, Rodeo Night at 7 pm - tickets $10 for general admission, $20 reserved seating
  • Saturday, May 22 - open 12-11 pm, Rodeo Matinee at 5 pm - tickets $10 for general admission, $20 reserved seating
  • Sunday, May 23 - open 12-10 pm, H-E-B Fair Share for Hunger (free entry with six non-perishable canned vegetables)
  • Monday, May 24 - open 5-10 pm, Free Fun Night (free entry courtesy of Provost Umphrey Law Firm and $2 rides all evening)
  • Tuesday, May 25 - open 5-10 pm, Education First Family Fun Night (free entry with coupons from here and $20 unlimited ride wristbands)
  • Wednesday, May 26 - open 5-10 pm, $2 Ride Night
  • Thursday, May 27 - 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, May 28 - open 5-11 pm, Ride Wristband Night
  • Saturday, May 29 - open 12-11 pm, Kids Day (free entry for everyone under the age of 17)
  • Sunday, May 30 - open 12-8 pm, Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Cantastic Sunday (free entry with a full or empty six pack)

How to Get There 

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The South Texas State Fair has implemented the following safety guidelines to attend the upcoming 2021 fair:

  • Strongly recommend all guests wear a face mask to attend.
  • Follow all directional signage that accommodates for a socially distanced capable environment.
  • Frequently use the hand sanitizing stations that will be readily accessible throughout the fairgrounds.
  • Be considerate of others around you and follow social distancing protocols.
  • Adherence to the guidelines to assist in their efforts to present a safe and successful fair.

COVID-19 Exposure is an inherent risk in any public locations where people are present: Guests should only attend after evaluating their own health risks.

The South Texas State Fair cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit.

Purchase of a ticket, pass or ride armband and entry on to the South Texas State Fairgrounds constitutes your understanding of these risks and your willingness to undertake the risk of exposure. No refunds will be given following your entry to the Fairgrounds.

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