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Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo sets up before opening on Tuesday

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It's fair week in the Mid-Columbia. Crews are working feverishly to get everything ready for this year's Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo.

The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is filled with many sounds, smells and sights. Whether it's pigs, chickens, bunnies or curly fries, there's something for everyone. 

The fair manager, Lori Lancaster, says that excitement takes hundreds of people to create.

"I liken it to building a city. It takes about three weeks to build the city for five days a year and then we tear it down in about two days," says Lancaster.

Around one hundred thousand people will fill the fairgrounds for the fair and rodeo this week and organizers work to make sure fair goers get the biggest bang for their buck.

"Setting up the food booths to getting all the exhibits in the buildings. We store everything in one barn and it all has to be spread out throughout the fairgrounds. Putting shavings in the animal barns. I mean the details are endless," says Lancaster.

It wouldn't be a fair without all the animals. Different animal owners are helping their animals settle into their new home for the week.

"Feeding and watering them and putting them in their cages," says Peter Hale, bunnies owner.

"Shavings and food and water and getting all the cages set up. The tags as to who is showing what," says Lorraine Clark-Sako, chickens owner.

The rush of the rides is always a big attraction at the fair. But that one-minute of adrenaline-fueled fun actually takes several hours to create. It makes for a long day in the sun for the carnival workers who put them all together.

"We're putting up about forty rides. It takes about two hundred people and takes about ten hours to get it all up. So it's a pretty big job," says Jim Parks, carnival manager.

The count down is on. So get ready to Rock The Stock.

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