South Texas State Fair opens today
An army of carnies has assembled rides, raised food booths and lit up the midway to set the stage for 11 days of fun at Ford Park.
The 76th edition of the YMBL’s South Texas State Fair begins its run today with free admission for anyone who attends the opening ceremonies. The fair continues through March 31.
Where: Ford Park, 5115 Interstate-10 South
When: Today-March 31
Opening ceremonies: 5:30-6 p.m. Thursday
Tickets: Ages 2 and younger, free; ages 3-12, $4; ages 13- 64, $8; 65 and older, $4
Today: Admission is free to anyone who attends opening ceremonies.
Sunday: H-E-B Fair Share for Hunger Sunday. Fairgoers get free admission if they bring six non-perishable H-E-B product can foods to donate to the Southeast Texas Food bank.
Monday: Flint Hills Resources $1 night. Admission is $1 with a coupon from ford-park.com . All carnival rides are $2.
Tuesday: Education First Family Fun Night. Admission is free with a coupon from educationfirstfcu.org. Coupon holders can purchase a Carnival Americana wristbands for $20.
Wednesday: $2 Ride Night.
March 28: Military and First Responders Appreciation Night. Active, retired, reserve military, National Guard and disabled veterans and their dependents receive free admission with a valid military ID.
March 31: Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Cantastic Sunday. Patrons who bring an empty six-pack of Coca-Cola or Dr Pepper are admitted free and can purchase carnival ride wristbands for $20. The cans will be donated to charity.
Ford Exhibit Hall
The fair’s exhibit hall plays host to a car and boat show and an upscale indoor vendor market.
Today: 6-10 p.m.
Friday: 5-11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.
March 28: 5-10 p.m.
March 29: 5-11 p.m.
March 30: Noon-11 p.m.
March 31: Noon-8 p.m.
H-E-B Kids Fun Zone
Ford Pavilion will feature rides, games and food for younger attendees. The Fun Zone will include a petting zoo with camel and pony rides for $6 per ride. The Southwest Dairy Museum Mobile Classroom will be offering a demonstration of the mechanical milking process.
Carnival Americana Midway
Fairgoers can enjoy their favorite rides — Alien Abduction, any one? — on this year’s midway. Fort Worth-based Carnival Americana will provide the carnival midway again this year with more than 40 rides.
Cost: Rides require two to five tickets; individual tickets are $1; unlimited-ride wristbands are $35.
Harold Engstrom Memorial Special Kids Rodeo
This annual event is a special rodeo performance for mentally or physically challenged children. It takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today before the fair opens to the general public.
YMBL Championship Rodeo
The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association-sanctioned event brings excitement and intensity to Ford Arena. The rodeo is included with fair admission.
Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Miller Lite Beer Garden
Grab a beverage and enjoy live music by local acts on the Sweet Southern Sound Entertainment Stage.
Today 7 p.m.: Mixx Fixxer
Friday 6:30 p.m.: Larry Tillery Blues Band 9 p.m.: Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings
Saturday 2 p.m. Brad Brinkley 4:30 p.m.: Brett Welch 7 p.m.: Doug Supernaw 9 p.m.: Paul Childers
Sunday 2:30 p.m.: Ali Nelson 4:30 p.m.: Baylei McGowan 7 p.m.: Bryce Shaver
Monday 7 p.m.: DeAndrew Nico
Tuesday 7 p.m.: Ward, Bowen & Steinman
Wednesday 7 p.m.: Impact
March 28 7 p.m.: Mixx Fixxer
March 29 6:30 p.m.: Zydecane 9 p.m.: David Joel
March 30 12:30 p.m.: Tonalta School of Music 1:30 p.m.: Briana Adams Music 4:30 p.m.: Kenny and the Klassics 7 p.m.: Lost Shaker of Salt Band 9 p.m.: Twisted Throttle
March 31 12:30 p.m.: Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia 3:30 p.m.: Sandy G. Band
Stunt Dog Productions will showcase their canine athletes at several shows daily during the fair’s 11-day run. Each Show is approximately 30minutes. Show times are:
Thursday: 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
March 29: 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
March 30: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
March 31: 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
High Diving Show by Watershow Productions
Watch world class divers, gymnasts and stunt performers in action. Someone will get wet.
Thursday: 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m., 7p.m., 9 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
March 28: 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
March 29: 5:30 p.m., 7p.m., 9 p.m.
March 30: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.
March 31: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.