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Encyclopedia > South Texas State Fair

The South Texas State Fair is an annual regional state fair held in Beaumont, Texas. The fair features a livestock show, a commercial exhibition, and a carnival midway. Food concessions are a major attraction of the fair. Reflecting Beaumont's location in Southeast Texas, normal carnival foods can be found alongside barbecue, Tex-Mex, and Cajun foods (often including fried alligator).


The South Texas State Fair traces its roots to the first confirmable fair in Beaumont, held in 1907, and has continued every year since. It was first known as the Beaumont Fair, then the Southeast Texas State Fair, and in 1921 just the South Texas State Fair. In 1942, operation of the fair was transferred to the YMBL (Young Men's Business League), a local non-profit civic improvement organization.


While other state fairs, including the larger State Fair of Texas, were closed for the duration of World War II, the South Texas State Fair continued as the "YMBL Victory Fair". The YMBL states that this was in part on request from the US military as an attempt to improve morale of soldiers stationed in and near the Beaumont area.


After the war, the fair continued. In 2004, the South Texas State Fair moved from the Beaumont Fairgrounds on the east side of the city to Ford Park on I-10 on the west side.


As of 2003, the South Texas State Fair had an attendance of over 440,000 people, second in the state to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. The fair is held annually in mid-October.


External links

  • South Texas State Fair (http://www.ymbl.org/fair.htm)

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PhotoJournalism: South Texas State Fair opens (320 words)
Eight-year-old twins Preston (left) and Tina Powell (right) of Beaumont wait for the South Texas State Fair gates to open at Ford Park in Beaumont on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006.
Kelli Stokes, 8, of Hamshire, Texas (front) listens with other competitors during her Boer goat division judging during opening night of the South Texas State Fair.
Fair patrons move through the carnival rides during opening night of the South Texas State Fair at Ford Park in Beaumont.
South Texas State Fair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (300 words)
The South Texas State Fair is an annual regional state fair held in Beaumont, Texas.
In 2004, the South Texas State Fair moved from the Beaumont Fairgrounds on the east side of the city to Ford Park on I-10 on the west side.
The 2005 fair was cancelled due to the extensive damage that Hurricane Rita inflicted on the region.
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