The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo, which is Aug. 21-25, offers up its usual fare this year with tasty food, lots of animals and great entertainment.
REO Speedwagon will be there Aug. 21, followed by Hinder on Aug. 22, Big & Rich on Aug. 23, Foghat on Aug. 24 and Jerrod Niemann on Aug. 25.
The theme for this year's fair is Rock with the Stock.
Kicking the off fair will be the parade, starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 in downtown Kennewick.
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Streets will be barricaded along the parade route from Sixth to Kennewick avenues between Auburn Street and Fruitland Avenue. The parade starts at Lampson Stadium and ends at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Auburn Street.
On Aug. 20, gates open at 4 p.m. for the popular demolition derby. Time trials start at 6:30 p.m., and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the derby are $15 and are sold at the gate.
The fair officially opens Aug. 21 with plenty of animals, musical entertainment, dancing exhibitions, tractor pulls for kids and top-ranked rodeo.
The Extreme Bulls event starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the rodeo arena. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for ages 6 to 12. The price includes fair admission.
The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 22-25 in the rodeo arena. General admission comes with a fair ticket, or reserved seats are $10.
Besides the main stage entertainment, three other stages will be set up throughout the fairgrounds featuring local and regional musicians.
Scheduled to appear are gospel and country crooner Cale Moon; keyboardist/singer Brady Goss, who is known for his diverse stage appeal; Cody Beebe & the Crooks, which plays a mix of funk, rock, blues, country, jazz and R&B; and the Shawnna Boast Trio, which plays a range of music from the 1970s to the present.
Other entertainers include hypnotist Chris Mabrey, Stompin' Ground country rock band, magician Peter Gossamer show and Jest in Time Circus, which features the wacky antics of Topper Todd and Li Li Zucchini, who perform physical comedy, juggling and stilt walking dressed as clowns.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org