The Benton Franklin Fair is produced by a 501c3 organization, established in 1948. It is the only bi-county fair in the state of Washington. We all know the excitement of fair week, but here's a look at the fair's role in the community all year long.
Health & welfare:
- Donated $168,000 in the past 12 years to area hospitals to assist with cancer prevention and care for uninsured women.
- American Red Cross: sponsored a blood drive yielding blood donations with the potential to save 75 lives.
Feeding those in need:
- Donated more than 100,000 pounds of food to 2nd Harvest over the past decade.
- Sponsor of WSU Master Gardeners community food gardens, providing a raised gardening bed for a low-income resident to grow 100 pounds of food annually.
Art in the community:
• Sponsor of a traffic box mural in downtown Kennewick, supporting a local artist and the Downtown Historic Kennewick Partnership.
• Sponsor of a large mural at the fairgrounds, painted by students from area alternative schools and a local artist. Earned the 2014 Visual Arts Award from the Kennewick Arts Commission for this project.
• Supported and showcased the Painted Piano Project at the fair.
• Sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties Impact Percussion group.
Literacy & Education:
• Support Junior Achievement with an annual sponsorship valued at $5,000.
• Support the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia’s annual fund-raiser.
• Support summer reading programs at the Mid-Columbia Libraries, the Burbank Library and the Richland Library.
• Celebrated the openings of two new elementary schools in Kennewick, providing fair tickets to all students.
• Provides anti-bullying assemblies to area schools with our rodeo clown (who also has a master's degree in education), bringing life lessons and awareness to more than 3,000 students annually.