This year the 2019 Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is “The Best Week of the 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 on August 17th. You can also download the complete fair schedule here.
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.
The fair this year will take place August 20th-24th. 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.
As 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. 20-24!
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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