2019 Benton County Fair and Rodeo: The Best Week of the Summer2023 Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo information

The 2023 Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo will be held on August 22rd through 26th 2023 and is still “The Best Week of Summer.” Come check out all the fair has to offer, as with every year this year has a ton of fun for all ages. To start things off there is a Demolition Derby and The Grand Parade.  You can also view the entire calendar here.

August 22-26, 2023
The Best Week of Summer
Tues.-Fri.: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sat.: 10:00am - Midnight
Taylor Wolfe
Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10:00 am
Downtown Kennewick
Saturday, Aug. 19
Lithia Ram Rodeo Arena
4:00 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Time Trials
7:30 pm Racing
$20 - Adult (13+) Reserved Seating
$15 - Youth (6-12) Reserved Seating
Kids under 6 are free with paid adult admission as long as they will be sharing a seat.
7:00 pm Aug. 23-27, Lithia Ram Rodeo Arena
$10 & $20 Reserved (does not include Fair Admission)
7:45 pm Aug. 23-27
$25 Reserved Seating (does not include Fair Admission)
General Admission Free (with Fair Admission)
Tues. Aug. 23 - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Wed. Aug. 24 - Ja Rule & Ashanti
Thurs. Aug. 25 - Billy Currington
Fri. Aug. 26 - STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas with special guest Fastlane at 6:15 pm
Sat. Aug. 27 - Luis Angel, "El Flaco"
Opens daily at noon (Tue. subject to inspection)
$40 All day wristbands Aug. 23 - 27, $35 thru Aug. 22
For Group Sales please call 509-222-3749
$13 thru Aug 22, $15 at the gate, $13 bus combo
$5 kids 6 - 12, kids ride the bus for free
$5 seniors 65 & older, $5 bus combo
$5 Military, must show ID
Children 5 & under: Free
Season Passes
Adults: $52
Seniors: $20 (65 & older)
Kids: $20 (6-12)
Discount Days
Kids Day, Wed. Aug 24: $2 ages 6-12
$12 (daily)
$48 (season)

There will be kiddie rides for the little ones and larger adrenaline-pumping, carnival rides for the older ones. One could spend the whole day wandering through the exhibits, meeting new people, trying new food, and admiring the craftsmanship on display. There are also a wide variety of animals for show including sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, bunnies, and more. Of course, there is also the Rodeo at starting at 7:00pm, where there are events such as calf roping, bareback riding, carrel racing as well as other events and entertainment. If that wasn’t enough to keep you busy at the fair, every night at 7:30pm there is a concert. For concert details, check the fair's concert schedule.

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Benton Franklin County Fair & Rodeo

2019 Benton County Fair and Rodeo: The Best Week of the SummerThe fair this year will take place August 22rd-26th.  General admission into the fair costs $12 for adults (13 & Up) and $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors. If you are planning to ride the bus to the fair then you can purchase fair/bus combo ticket, adults cost $14.00 and the youth/senior fair/bus combo ticket costs $7.00. There are also tickets for purchase for reserved seats at various events at the fair. Reserved tickets for concerts cost $25.00. Individual tickets can be purchased for the carnival rides or you can buy a carnival wristband for $30.  On Wednesday kids get in for only $2 as part of the Kid's Day. Tickets can be purchased online at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo General Store or at Ranch & Home.  More ticket information.

From The Fair's Website:
The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo seeks to provide a quality event for the community in a safe and comfortable environment. This event promotes public education related to our agricultural heritage, seeks quality, family-oriented entertainment and activities, encourages youth and community participation and promotes commercial opportunities recognizing the vast cultural diversity of our community.
Each year, we find so much to celebrate at the Fair, from the achievements of the youth in our community to the bounty of our agriculture industry to the pleasure of seeing old friends in a familiar setting. It truly is a community gathering and we're proud to have a hand in making it possible.
For more information on who we are and the history of the Fair & Rodeo click below.

The Fair
2019 Benton County Fair and Rodeo: The Best Week of the SummerAs we mark the 71st year of the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo, it is both a time of reflection and a time for celebration. Thousands of volunteers have spent countless hours here over the past seven decades to make the Best Week of Summer possible each year. From the Fair’s inception, volunteers have been the key to the success of this beloved community tradition.

The founders of the Benton Franklin Fair Association in 1948 had big dreams. There had been a fair in Kennewick sporadically since 1911 when the Grape Festival began, but the Great Depression stalled the event for many years. Eventually, a band of folks brought the fair back to life. You could say the fair was born from good stock, the kind of people who knew the importance of the event and whose successors have found a way to make it happen each and every year since 1948.

The Benton Franklin Fair Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has evolved but the core mission remains the same: To educate the community about the importance of agriculture to our region today and the historical role it played in the development of the Columbia Basin.

Generations of youngsters have learned about valuable life lessons through their participation at the fair. Countless businesses have supported the event and its participants, knowing the value it has to the community. Lifelong friendships have been made over corndogs and cotton candy and carnival rides.

We still dream big, and the fair has become one of the best in the Northwest. The rodeo is now ranked #21 in the nation by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The Market Stock Sale is the largest in the state. We look forward to celebrating these milestones with you during the Best Week of Summer, Aug. 22-26!

For more information about the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo visit the BFFair website or call 509.586.9211 ext. 3.

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It's going to be an extravaganza. Thanks for posting I will definitely make this one

Posted by Frank on Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 4:09am

Sounds like a great family affair. I've never seen a real demolition derby before, I reckon that would be fun as long as they made sure there was some sort of barrier between the cars and the spectators. I've heard that certain events involving vehicles have incurred quite a few deaths because they weren't organized properly.

Posted by Sire on Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 3:17pm

It really is Sire. Lots of crashes for the guys, and all sorts or social stuff for the gals! :)

Posted by Joe & Colleen on Saturday, August 21st, 2010 at 5:04pm

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