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Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Opens

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Kennewick, WA- The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo opened today with good weather and a pretty good crowd.

New at the fair this year is the farmer's market, where you can get a real taste of locally grown produce. The vegetables will also be used in cooking demonstrations and competitions between local chefs.

The theme of the fair this year is, "fun for the whole herd." Fair manager Lori Lancaster says along with the fun, they hope to teach city folk why agriculture is so important in the Mid Columbia.

"Agriculture is the second largest driver in the community behind Hanford," Lancaster says. "So it's a pretty big deal for everyone, and a lot of people who live in the city don't realize how important it is."

    Lancaster says 130-thousand people attended last year's fair and rodeo. She hopes with good weather, they'll be able to top that this year.