Benton Franklin Fair

Benton Franklin Fair raises $2K for Second Harvest Tri-Cities

A Benton Franklin Fair fundraiser brought in more than $2,400 for Second Harvest Tri-Cities.

The fair donated $2 for each adult admission ticket sold on opening day before 2 p.m., and another $412 was raised during a people’s choice vote at a barbecue cook-off.

The $2,484 grand total is a record for the fair, a news release said.

“Farmers feed the world and as an agricultural organization, making sure our community has enough to eat is a priority,” said Brian Goulet, fair board president, in a statement. “Through our partnership with PayneWest Insurance, we have been able to provide 12,400 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in the Mid-Columbia with Second Harvest. That’s something we’re very proud of.”

Holly Siler, regional development director for Second Harvest., added that, “the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo has helped Second Harvest source nearly 67,000 pounds of donated fresh produce and food. This kind of support is essential during a time when food insecurity impacts one-in-four children in our community.”