The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo promotes "big-name" entertainment, but plenty of performers looking for no more than a spare dollar bill or applause from the audience also frequent the event.
Annie and Eric Powers brought their street-corner juggling act to the fair for the first time on Tuesday. Within 10 minutes, the Pasco siblings had collected $2.
The two took up juggling five years ago after signing up for a class at a senior center in Richland.
"We were kind of just bored," said Eric Powers, 17, an incoming senior at Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco.
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The two come from a family of seven kids, so they perform to try to get money to help pay for college. They have juggled at the Richland farmers market and other events, but the fair presents new challenges, particularly for music.
"You have to find something family-friendly, but still has a good beat," said Annie Powers, 20, a sophomore at Gonzaga University.
Other groups are more seasoned. The Richland-based Elite Force Cheer group, which performed Tuesday with 157 girls ages 3 to 18, has been entertaining fairgoers for years.
The girls compete at a several events elsewhere in the state, but the fair is a rare chance to show off closer to home, said Beth Millard of Kennewick, the director of the group's competitive program.
"It gives them a chance to perform in front of their friends and their families in a local atmosphere," Millard said.
Makenzie Taber, 17, was performing at the fair for the seventh time. She likes the opportunity for Elite Force Cheer to show off to new audiences, she said.
"I like showing people what we can do," said Makenzie, a senior at Tri-Cities Prep. "A lot of people think cheerleading is just pom-poms and yelling, but we go out and do these flips and stunts, and it's really cool to see their reactions."
Another Elite Force Cheer competitor, Abby Davis, 10, a fifth-grader at Liberty Christian School in Richland, said she likes the fair because she gets to see other cheerleading teams compete.
Abby also enjoys the free fair tickets the team gets, which give her a chance to go on her favorite ride -- Ali Baba, a magic carpet-like attraction.
"I like how high it goes," she said.
Most of the Oregon-based Round Up City Cloggers' 22 members performed Tuesday at the fair. Clogger Kristin Baldwin of Pendleton said the event is different than the other festivals and nursing homes where they dance.
"We usually get a bigger crowd here," said Baldwin, who was performing at the fair for the seventh time. "We like getting the energy from the crowd. The cheering and the clapping helps us."
Clogging is a type of folk dancing in which the dancers use their shoes to create a range of sounds. The group's members range in age from 1 to retired, and include one boy, Josh Yeigh of Hermiston. Josh, 13, balances playing football and clogging.
"Sometimes (football teammates) make fun of me, but I try to keep it away from them," he said. "If they find out, I say, 'I don't care -- it's fun.' "
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