Benton Franklin Fair

Aug. 19-23: Find Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo information here

Fair-goers line up at the main gate of the Benton Franklin Fair &
Rodeo for the opening of the fair Tuesday morning in Kennewick.
Fair-goers line up at the main gate of the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo for the opening of the fair Tuesday morning in Kennewick. Tri-City Herald

It'll be a demolition derby, wild broncs, ornery bulls, thrilling rides, farm animals, food of all descriptions and fabulous entertainment on the menu again this year for the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo, Aug. 19-23 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Admission, bus information

Hours for the fair are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Admission $13 at the gate. Seniors and kids ages 6 to 12 are $5, and kids 5 and younger are free. The main stage entertainment is included with admission to the fair, but reserved seats are an additional $15.

Kids Day is Aug. 20 with a $2 admission for ages 6 to 12. The parking fee is $8.

To avoid the parking hassle, Ben Franklin Transit will offer shuttle service to the fair from several locations throughout the Tri-Cities.

Buses leave each hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every half-hour from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. from transit stations in Pasco and Richland, as well as from Lampson Stadium at Kennewick High and from the parking lot at Kamiakin High in Kennewick.

Buses depart the fairgrounds hourly starting at 9:30 a.m. and every half-hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The last bus leaves the fairgrounds at midnight.

A fair/bus combo ticket is $13 for ages 13 and older and $7 for seniors and kids 6 to 12. For a bus shuttle only, cost is $1.50 each way or $4 for a family of five. Seniors and the disabled ride for 75 cents with a valid BFT identification card. Kids 5 and younger are free.

Dial-a-Ride service is available from 9 a.m. through midnight each day of the fair. Advance reservations are required by calling 735-0160. For more information about buses, call 735-5100.

Parade in Kennewick

The grand parade will kick off fair week starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 16. The parade has been rerouted this year because of bridge construction. It will begin at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Auburn Street in downtown Kennewick, travel down Auburn to Kennewick Avenue, then turn left on Fruitland Street and right on First Avenue, where it ends.

Demolition derby

The demolition derby is from 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18 in the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. Gates open at 4 p.m., time trials start at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $15.


Main stage entertainment, which starts at 7:30 p.m. each night, kicks off with Thompson Square on Aug. 19 followed by Seether on Aug. 20, Montgomery Gentry on Aug. 21, Grand Funk Railroad on Aug. 22 and Dustin Lynch on Aug. 23.

Also featured at 1 p.m. Aug. 23. will be a main stage performance by platinum-selling recording artist Zendaya, who is also a Disney TV star from Shake It Up.

There will be a community stage with entertainment happening throughout each day of the fair that includes a hypnotist, martial arts demonstrations, dance and music acts.

There also will be roving acts -- stilt walkers and a one-man band -- performing throughout the fairgrounds starting at 11 a.m. each day. There will be an animal costume parade starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 21 near the animal barns.


The Davis Carnival rides open at noon each day.

Wristbands cost $30 at the gate. Advance wristbands are available at the Kennewick Ranch & Home store on Columbia Center Boulevard.


The Horse Heaven Round-Up starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 20-23 in the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds.

General admission comes with fair admission. Reserved tickets cost $10.

Barbecue competition

A barbecue cook-off competition is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 and features backyard chefs cooking their favorite beef, pork, chicken and onion dishes.

Kids events

There will be a kiddie parade starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 and a diaper derby at 6 p.m. Check the fair website at for more details.

The Kid Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and features all sorts of fun stuff for kids to do, including a medal tractor pull, puzzlemania, and a collection of exotic reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, avians and mammals from Brad's World of Reptiles. The Kid Zone also has its own carnival rides.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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