Catch all the thrills and spills of professional rodeo March 28 and 29, when the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association will showcase the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls during the first weekend of the YMBL South Texas State Fair.

This event is sure to bring the drama, excitement and intensity of professional rodeo to Ford Park Arena. Jerry Nelson, a native of Southeast Texas, will provide the stock for the rodeo. Nelson is the owner of Frontier Rodeo and sends its stock to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.  With eight-time World Champion rodeo cowboy, Donnie Gay, will be providing the “play by play” the 2014 YMBL Rodeo is sure to be one of the best rodeos this side of Las Vegas.

The YMBL Harold Engstrom Memorial Special Kids Rodeo, named after the late Judge Harold Engstrom who started this annual event, will be held on the opening day of the Fair on Thursday, March 27.  The primary goal for the annual Special Kids Day at the YMBL Rodeo is for hundreds of mentally and or physically challenged youngsters from the area to attend this special outing.

The 2014 South Texas State Fair is the 71st sponsored by the Young Men’s Business League, but the story of the Fair in Beaumont goes back many more years. The Fair is actually more than 100 years old.  Initially called the Beaumont Fair, the annual event became known as the Southeast Texas State Fair, but in 1921 the “east” was dropped and the present name adopted. The YMBL assumed operation of the Fair in 1942.

Since 1957, the South Texas State Fair has attracted an estimated attendance of more than half a million annually from ten counties in Southeast Texas and three Southwest Louisiana parishes.  Although a “nonprofit” committee of the YMBL, the Fair supports the sponsoring organization with more than 90% of its total revenue which the YMBL shares with the community in direct gifts to local and area charitable organizations, youth projects, civic programs and other efforts to aid the elderly and those in need.

The South Texas State Fair runs from March 27 through April 6.  A detailed schedule of Fair events is available at