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rodeos. Structures within Ford Midway include a 45,000-square-foot
practice arena, over 25,000 square feet of covered barn space and a
dedicated parking area.
Easily accessible highways include I- 10, U.S. Highways 90 and
287, and Texas State Routes 12, 105 and 124. These highways make
for a straightforward commute to other cities in Texas or out-of-state
to Louisiana. The Jack Brooks Regional Airport offers convenient
travel with daily American Airlines and United flights to and from the
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Ford Park is a full-service
facility offering experienced event planners, on-site security, in-house
marketing programs and delicious in-house catering. Executive Chef
Brad Breaux has been delighting pallets of Ford Park guests since
joining the facility in 2010.
Let Ford Park help to make it more than event, the staff will make it
an experience to remember.
;For more information, contact: Jamie Nielsen, Director of Sales & Marketing; 409.951.5413; Jamie_nielsen@
GALVESTON ISLAND: A WHOLE OTHER TEXAS
FOR MEETINGS AND EVENTS
While Texas has long been tagged “A Whole Other Country,” the unique
ambiance found in Galveston reflects“a whole other Texas.” Here, you
won’t find the usual display of cowboy hats and boots. What you will find
on this 32-mile stretch of Gulf Coast bliss is evidence of a treasured past
that continues to have great impact on its present success.
A city of innovation, Galveston’s historic timeline is decorated with
“ Texas firsts”—the first Texas post office; the first Texas hospital;
the first secondary school and public library established for African
Americans in Texas; the first golf course in Texas; and the irst to have
gas-lit street lamps, to name a few.
Once considered the third-wealthiest city in the U.S., Galveston also
exemplifies a resilient spirit, having to rebuild and reinvent its allure
after devastating storms left their mark. The iconic Seawall, built as
a result of the Great Storm of 1900, stands as a monument to this
resiliency, creating a protective barrier against Mother Nature while
also adding distinctive flair to Galveston’s ever-improving beachfront.
Planners will find an impressive collection of elegant Victorian-era
buildings alongside a state-of-the-art beachfront convention center,
trendy restaurants reflective of the island’s ethnic diversity, and a varied
selection of modern and historic meeting hotels and unique venues
designed for all types of gatherings. With such a colorful heritage and
array of modern-day assets, bringing groups here to connect, create and
get inspired, makes good sense.
Galveston’s historic structures are ideal for creating one-of-a-kind
events. The elegant, 31-room Moody Mansion, built in 1895, was the
private residence of one of Galveston’s prominent families and offers
a beautiful backdrop of hardwood floors, stained glass and original
furnishings. The Bryan Museum, housed in a former orphanage,
features an extensive private collection of art, artifacts and memorabilia
related to Texas and the Southwest. Plan a gala affair in the stunning
Belgian-designed Conservatory, seating up to 140 guests, cocktails
in the Grand Lobby, or an intimate board meeting in the Conference
Room. The Grand 1894 Opera House, on the National Register of