Martin Haptonstall of Newport, WA rode into first place in the bull riding competition at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair's Sun Downs Rodeo.
The music went 'round and around' at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair as the Kennewick High school band took a ride on the ferris wheel complete with their instruments. What did they play? "Onward Kennewick" naturally.
At the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair a sheep gets a quick clip before judging.
Winner-or-Dinner, an also-ran rooster in the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair's chicken race got an assist from his handler.
Leila Zunker, with the poultry department at the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair checked the legs of Flash Bulletin, one of the entries for the chicken race.
Elephant rides were a new and very popular attraction at the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair.
John Sampson, Pasco, said he took this Sumer Giant squash's big brother to the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair. This 200 pounds-plus squash will end up as many a winter meal.
Shrieks, bumps and speed were the scene at the 1971 Benton-Franklin County Fair carnival. Sid Mahaffey, 8, Kennewick, was first with Ricky Cunningham, 12, Pasco, behind. At upper left was Ricky's brother Brian, 9, and at upper right was Darrell La Dow, Pasco
Entertainers at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair, Sally Flynn and Clay Hart performed before an audience willing to brave the rain.
No, bull vacuuming wasn't an event at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County fair. Paul Lambert was sprucing up a Hereford bull from Milton-Freewater. The bull kept a wary on on the vacuum cleaner.
Siblings Joan and Kenny Montieth of Finley practiced setting their sheep up to stand squarely and quietly for fitting and showing and the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair & Rodeo.
Larry Brisbois, Kennewick, and his sheep-in-cowboy-clothing, "Busty" marched their way to the grand price in the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair Kiddies Parade.
Fine Arts supervisor Fran Spooner said she liked a policital entry in the 1979 Benton-Franklin County Fair by Verginia Devine. "It has heart...it has a comment," she said.
Mrs. Elaine Goudy looked over a Scotch Hiland cow and calf she displayed at the 1979 Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo.
in 1974 Brian Westfall displays the ribbons he won at the Benton-Franklin County Fair.
A Polynesian dancer demonstrates the fire dance at the 1980 Benton-Franklin County Fair. A dozen Polynesian dancers from the Tri-Cities appeared at the fair.
The Burlington-Northern Inc. mini train loaded with kids was a big hit at the 1978 Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo parade. The parade returned to Kennewick for the first time in 10 years.
Riding the mechanical bull was a popular attraction in the 1980 Benton-Franklin County Fair.
Leanne Lusher, Pasco, works under a rather catch sign in the lamb barn at the 1983 Benton-Franklin County Fair. She was entering an animal in the Hampshire ram lamb competition and had the sheep barn all to herself for last-minute preparations.
Showing their appreciation of Hazel's Canadian Bacon Burger at the 1983 Benton-Franklin County fair and keeping out of the rain are Don Beck, left, proprietor Hazel Nelson, and Carolyn Olson-Beck.
A member of the Golden Knights, part of the U.S. Army parachute team, lands gently into the horse arena at the 1971 Benton-Franklin County Fair.
Samantha Wynn of Kennewick gets close to her work as she dresses her horse's hooves for a fitting and shwoing competition in 1983. She was preparing "Red" for a 4-H horse show at the Benton-Franklin fairgrounds.
A young vaquero, Jose Elias Vasquez, Kennewick, shows his skill at the Benton-Franklin County Fair in the 1980s.
These kids know how to have a good time at the 1984 Benton-Franklin County Fair - balloons, cotton candy, snow cones and silly hats.
Remie DeRuwe washes his bull at the 1984 Benton-Franklin County Fair.
This little piggy went to market - at the Benton-Franklin County Fair.
These folks knew what to do at the 1982 Benton-Franklin County Fair - head straight to the carnival rides - the faster, the better!
Susie Hall, drum major for the Kamiakin High Schol marching band led the way down Fourth Avenue in the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair parade in Pasco.
The Tri-City Water Follies float won the sweepstakes award at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair parade in Pasco.
The Grange booth at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair had fun with their vegetable display by using the theme "Say it with Music."
Amy Dietrick prepares Peanut Butter Dandies during a 4-H demonstration at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair.
Vern Sorenson, rabbit judge from Centralia, weighed a Chinchilla rabbit at the 1977 Benton-Franklin County Fair.