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THE FAIR IN THE COMMUNITY 72 years & counting

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 $178,000 in the past 13 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.
  • Distributed over 5,000 wristbands for Safe Kids Program at 2019 fair.

Feeding those in need:

  • Donated more than 108,258 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 800 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.

• Showcased live art from local 3 local artists at the Fairgrounds

  • 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.
  • Provided 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 4,520 students in 2019.

• Participant and supporter of Farm Fair, a program that teaches more than 1,200 5th graders about agriculture.

  • Provided more than $63,000 in scholarships to fair participants.
  • Supports the Columbia Basin College welding program by providing fair-related projects and scholarships.

Supporting law enforcement:

  • Provides hundreds of youth tickets to area law enforcement agencies to use at National Night Out events and community outreach.

Special needs:

• Host of Rascal Rodeo, providing authentic rodeo experiences to special needs athletes. Also supports the organization’s annual fund-raiser.

2019 Rascal Rodeo
  • Supports the annual fundraiser for Youth Outdoors Unlimited, which provides outdoor experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses or physical disabilities.
  • Supports local therapeutic riding organizations.
  • Donated kitchen equipment to iMPACT! Compassion Center.
  • Granted Wishing Star wish to terminally ill child. Assisted Wishing Star with fund-raising efforts in Tri-Cities.

Economic impact and the community:

  • $18.5 Million economic output in Benton County in 2019.
  • The Fair spent $1,200,937.25 with local businesses in 2019.
  • The Fair’s payroll for the month of August 2019 was $115,470, providing jobs for 105 people.
  • The Market Stock Sale generated $1,012,000 for the youth livestock exhibitors at the 2019 Fair.

• The Fair paid exhibitors and participants $240,090 in prize money in 2018.

  • Nonprofits earned $135,997 for their causes at the fair in 2019.
  • 1,426 youth and adults entered 9,772 items in the Benton Franklin Fair in 2019.
  • Local food concessionaires grossed $386,994 at the 2019 fair.

volunteers

  • The Benton Franklin Fair is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Fair Board, Rodeo Committee, and the Market Stock Committee work year-round to make the event a success each year.
  • It takes 500 additional volunteers to put on the annual Fair.
2019 Board of Directors
2019 Rodeo Committee
2019 Market Stock Committee