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Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo officials expect a BIG week

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo kicked off Tuesday morning and fair officials anticipate a busy week at the fairgrounds.

This is the second year the fair will use an electronic ticketing system to better calculate the number of visitors over the 5-day period.

The fair attracts nearly 122,000 people every year and organizers hope to break that attendance mark this year.

"It's a logistical feat," says Fair Manager Lori Lancaster.  "We have a lot of partners so obviously we plan for the worst and hope for the best because we have this many people out here; things can happen.  We build a city that runs for a week and then it goes away."

The fair runs through Saturday, August 25th.

Tickets are available at the gate for single or multi-day passes.

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