Benton Franklin Fair

Phoenix the turkey auctioned during fair for wildfire relief

Phoenix sold for $1,600, with the money going to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
Phoenix sold for $1,600, with the money going to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Tri-City Herald

Daria Chappel has been keeping up on news of the wildfires in North Central Washington.

And she wanted to find a way to help.

So Chappel Farms in Pasco donated a Narragansett turkey to be auctioned Friday at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo as a fundraiser for fire relief.

The bird, named Phoenix, was on the auction block Friday afternoon.

The wildfire situation “tore my heart,” Chappel said. “God put it on my heart to do something.”

She’s the leader of Tumbleweeds 4-H, which has about 20 kids.

Youths from 4-H and FFA clubs show animals at the fair, from birds like Phoenix, to rabbits, lambs, cows and more.

Many of the animals end up for sale at the market stock auction or small animal auction.

The market stock auction includes the larger animals, and more than 500 youths participated this year.

“It’s a good learning experience for the kids,” said Scott LoParco, market stock auction committee president.

“They learn the responsibility of raising an animal, feeding an animal. They learn some finance. Usually they’re involved in buying the feed. And the money they get from the animal — what are they going to do with it when they get it? Overall, it’s just a positive experience,” he said.

This year’s market stock auction was held Friday. The sale total was about $860,700.

Hundreds of smaller critters also were for sale through the small animal auction.

The sale total for that auction was about $30,000, which included the sale of Phoenix.

Phoenix was scheduled to be the last bird up. He ended up selling for $1,600, with the money going to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Chappel took care in picking out Phoenix’s name. She wanted something with a connection to the cause.

In mythology, the phoenix rises from the ashes to a new life.

“That’s what we want to see — that area rebuilt after the fire,” Chappel said. “We want to see the community come out of this.”

The final day of the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo is Aug. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to midnight.

For more information, including an events schedule and admission information, go to

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529;; Twitter: @SaraTCHerald

Going to the fair?

Fair hours: 9 a.m.-midnight Aug. 29.

Cost: Tickets cost $13 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and up.

Carnival: Wristbands are $33. The mainstage concert is $15 for reserved seats but free with general admission to the fair at the Benton County fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Parking: $8

Bus schedule: Ben Franklin Transit shuttle buses leave from Kamiakin High School and Lampson Stadium in Kennewick, the TRAC facility and the 22nd Avenue Transit Center in Pasco, and Richland’s Knight Street Transit Center and the Tulip Lane Park & Ride each hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every half-hour from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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

Cost is $1.50 each way, or $4 for a family of up to five. A rate of 75 cents each way is available for seniors and the disabled with a transit ID card. A fair-bus combo ticket is $13 for adults and $7 for seniors and kids.

Schedule for Aug. 29

▪ 7 a.m-6 p.m 4-H, FFA & Open Class Events

▪  9 a.m-2 p.m BBQ Cook-Off

▪  10 a.m -6 p.m Kid’s Zone: Puzzlemania

▪  10 a.m National Anthem performed by Michelle Fickle

▪  11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Kid’s Zone: Pedal Tractor Pull

▪  Noon-11:55 p.m Carnival

▪  Noon-10 p.m Tri-City Herald community stage showcases

▪  1 p.m Sabrina Carpenter

▪  7 p.m Mutton Bustin’

▪  7-10 p.m Horse Heaven Round-Up

▪  7:30-10:30 p.m Wine Garden Entertainment: John Dunnigan

▪  8 p.m The Marshall Tucker Band