The Benton Franklin Fair
Benton Franklin Fair Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which
produces the annual Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo each August. The Fair
Association receives no tax support from Federal, State, County or City
people attended the five-day fair this year.
Fair Association has four full-time employees year-round and one part-time
groundskeeper, a Board of Directors of 15, and more than 500 volunteers. The
Fair hires an additional 100 employees during the month of the event.
Fair Association and its staff participate in events year-round. In January, the
Fair Association hosts anti-bullying assemblies at area schools, reaching 1,600
students. Each of those students receives a free ticket to the fair. The Fair
works with the Mid-Columbia library system’s Summer Reading Program, providing
5,000 admission tickets to those completing the program. Fair staff also uses
model milking cows to teach youngsters about agriculture, reaching 1,384 5th-graders
at Farm Fair each March.
Fair Association supports a large number of community groups as a sponsor or
host. These include:
groups and churches hired to work at the fair earned $39,984
and donations for community fund-raisers: $31,901
cancer: the Fair has donated more than $153,000 in the past 10 years to area
hospitals for preventative care and treatment for women without insurance.
for four service groups with food concessions at the fair in 2016: $114,264
donation of 12,996 pounds of food to 2nd Harvest will
provide meals for children, families and seniors in need in our
Fair participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Sage Crest
Elementary, providing free fair tickets for the students.
youth and adults entered 9,746 items in the Benton Franklin Fair in 2016. The
fair paid out more than $50,000 in prizes and cash for those exhibits.
Market Stock Auction generated more than $875,414 for local 4-H and FFA members. Many of
those members use their money toward developing their livestock projects or
their college educations. The small animal sale generated more than $30,000 for
Fair produces an annual parade in downtown Kennewick, with 3,800 spectators and
amateur entertainers performed during the Fair.
eighty businesses supported the fair in 2016 providing $680,000 in sponsorship and
more than $200,000 in in-kind donations.
Horse Heaven Round-Up Rodeo hosted the Wrangler PRCA Champions Challenge in
2016, which was recently broadcast to a national audience of more than 60 million households on CBS Sports.