6th annual Fox Fan Fest will thrill football fans August 17th at Central Mall

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall

6th Annual Fox Fan Fest will thrill Texarkana area football fans on August 17th, 2019 from 10 a.m. unitl 5 p.m. The Fan Fest will be held at a new venue this season; Central Mall-Texarkana.

Following Fan Fest, there will be a Hall-of Fame induction ceremony at 5 p.m.

“We’ve moved the Fan Fest to Central Mall because of our relationship with the Mall,” Robert DelGiorno, President of Freed AM Corp Radio stations said. “They’ve been extremely supportive of our radio stations (Fox Sports Texarkana 97.1 FM and 1400 AM, 94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana, and KPYN (900 AM and 95.5 FM.

The Fan Fest Hall of Fame will actually have a shrine in Central Mall which should be ready in time for this years Fan Fest.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall

Fans attending the Fan Fest at Central Mall can expect all the excitement that the Fan Fest brought at its previous venue. Local football teams, Texas A&M University-Texarkana Eagles teams, high school bands, cheerleaders and pep squads are all invited to attend. A band hall will be set up in the mall where the bands can perform. A stage will be erected for live radio remotes, celebrity interviews and the introduction of local football teams.

Fan at Fan Fest attendees can win free Texas Rangers trips and Dallas Cowboys tickets

Fans that come to Fan Fest will have the opportunity to win free prizes. Fan Fest will give away Texas Rangers trips on the Fox Sports Southwest Fan Express to a Texas Rangers game and Dallas Cowboys tickets. Vendors will also give away plenty of free prizes.

“All local high schools and colleges in or around Texarkana are invited to attend,” Robert DelGiorno said. “We also invite local businesses to purchase booth space to show and or sell their products.”

More than 5 local high schools and A&M-Texarkana have already committed to attend. Fox Fan Fest is sponsored by Texas A&M University-Texarkana Eagle Athletics, Texarkana Emergency Center, KFLI-TV, Planet Fitness and Central Mall.

Any school wishing to attend any business wanting exhibit space can call Fox Sports Texarkana at 903-255-7935 for details.

Hall of Fame class includes 6 legends in local sports-2 of them are fans

This years Fox Fan Fest Hall of Fame inductees are DeCori Birmingham, Jay Brewer, Shane Halter, Thomas “Sonny” Downs, Kenneth “Chop” Buchanan and Shelia Mears.

DeCori Birmingham played for serveral Pro football teams, the Arkansas Razorbacks in College and Atlanta High School in Atlanta.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
DeCori Birmingham

He’s best known for his part in the “Miracle on Markham”. During his sophomore season with the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2002, Arkansas trailed the LSU Tigers 20-14 with less than a minute remaining. The winner of this regular season finale would win the SEC West Division championship, and earn the right to play in the 2002 SEC Championship Game. Birmingham, despite being covered by two defenders, caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Jones with only 9 seconds remaining in the game, and the extra point gave Arkansas a 21-20 victory. DeCori is now, a Texas State Trooper!

Jay Brewer was a graduate of Arkansas High School and Henderson State University. He started his career as an assistant Golf Pro for Art Romero and Texarkana County Club for 18 years. After leaving Texarkana Country Club, he went to work for Barry Norton and Texarkana Independent School District where he coached high school golf teams and taught middle school golf classes.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
Jay Brewer

Jay Brewer was proud to be a PGA member for 25 years as well. Coach Brewer passed away June 5th this year.


Shane Halter played for the Kansas City Royals (1997–1998), New York Mets (1999), Detroit Tigers (2000–2003), and Anaheim Angels (2004). Although he was essentially a backup player, he had notable power and he was adequate defensively in all infield and outfield positions. On October 1, 2000, Halter showed his versatility by playing all nine positions in a single game.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
Shane Halter

Shane Halter is a graduate of Hooks High School where he played Baseball, Football, Basketball, Track & Golf.  Shane & his family currently operate Southern Athletics baseball Academy in Texarkana.


Thomas “Sonny” Downs is a former official and Texas High School Graduate. Sonny was a legend in officiating.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
Thomas “Sonny” Downs

He officiated high school football, basketball and baseball for 30-plus years. He’s retired and lives with his wife Sandra.

Kenneth “Chop” Buchanan who graduated from Liberty-Eylau in 1976 has been a supporter of the Liberty-Eylau Leopards for more than 30 years.
His work in the district has included the Athletic Booster Club and Band Booster Club. He also participated in PTA on different campuses and was PTA President at the High School. In his efforts to support the district he has served on the Middle School bond election committee, Rader Dome bond election committee, District Leadership Team, Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the Wall of Fame selection panel. In 2012 he was himself elected to the Wall of Fame. He also dedicated nine years as a sideline reporter and color analyst for radio Leopard football.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
Kenneth “Chop” Buchanan

Kenneth always knew that when he had children, his children would be a part of the Liberty- Eylau school system. His three daughters have attended and graduated from LEISD.


Shelia Mears has been a supporter of Fox Sports Texarkana 97.1 FM and 1400 AM since the radio station first signed on the air April 1st, 2012. She’s a huge Rangers Fan & shows up at almost all of our KPYN Remotes. Her husband Ronnie is also a big Rangers Fan & their son Jason is as well. Jason is is already in the Fox Fan Fest Hall of Fame.

6th annual Fox Fan Fest central mall
Shelia Mears

Shelia Mears and her husband (Ronnie’s) Wake Village, Tx., home was severely damaged May 2nd and they’ve been living in local hotels while it’s been being repaired.

Why does Fox Sports Texarkana 97.1 FM and 1400 AM put on Fox Fan Fest every year? Robert DelGiorno said it’s important for the community to come together as one to support local sports.

“We have many teams, but one community.” Robert DelGiorno. “Even though all of us compete against each other on the field, we need to realize that sportsmanship and oneness as a sports commuinity is a way to bring all of us together and make us the best sports area in America; that’s why Fox Fan Fest is so important.”