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The Fair Report

Outreach

The Benton Franklin Fair Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The Fair Association hosts anti-bullying assemblies at area schools, reaching 1,600 students. The Fair works with the Mid-Columbia library system's Summer Reading Program as well as the Richland Public Library, providing 5,000 admission tickets for participants. Fair staff also uses faux milking cows to teach youngsters about agriculture, reaching 1,384 5th graders at Farm Fair each March.

The Fair Association supports a large number of community groups, including:
  • Sponsorships and donations for community fundraisers: $22,573
  • Scholarships: $7,500 annually
  • Breast cancer: the Fair has donated more than $158,000 in the past 11 years to area hospitals for preventative care and treatment for women without insurance
  • Revenue for four service groups with food concessions at the Fair in 2017: $112,160
  • A donation to 2nd Harvest provides 12,030 pounds of food for children, families, and seniors in need
  • Service groups and churches earned $44,141 at the Fair
  • 1,347 youth and adults entered 9,901 items in the Fair in 2017. The Fair paid out more than $52,000 in prizes and cash for those exhibits
  • The Market Stock Auction generated more than $792,326 for local 4-H and FFA members
  • The Fair produces an annual parade in downtown Kennewick, with 3,800 spectators and 1,835 participants and volunteers
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