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Hundreds of Volunteers Setting Up for Benton Franklin Fair

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Benton Franklin Fair starts Tuesday and hundreds of volunteers are spending their time setting up for the week.

"It's basically like building a city. They all need power, a lot of them need water, they need tents. It takes us a good week and a half just to get that all coordinated," said Lori Lancaster, Benton-Franklin Fair Manager.

With about 200 commercial vendors moving in and 40 food vendors setting up camp, the fairgrounds just got a whole lot busier.

"It's a big coordinated effort but it always comes together in the end," Lancaster said.

The place is spread out into different sections. There's the carnival with rides and games, the main stage for performances, the kids corner with fun things to do with the little ones, and the 4-H animal section with crafts and fruit and vegetable competitions.

"It's just a really fun place to be. It's a fun place to work. We put an application online and we can hardly keep up with all the volunteer applications that we get," Lancaster said.

On Monday about 600 volunteers ran around pulling together the final touches and about 1,000 volunteers will help out this week in total.

The volunteers with 4-H love seeing the kids show off their hard work

"I think the kids have just put in a lot of effort before fair and this is their week to enjoy it, to show off and we appreciate everybody coming out to support them," said 4-H FFA Sheep Superintendent, Christy Mastin.

While the setup may be a lot of work, everyone at the fair seems to have a good time.

"It can be a little stressful, but everybody helps everybody out. When they see a need, they're happy to pitch in. If you need help all you have to do is ask and there's someone there to do it for you," Mastin said.

The fun actually gets starts Monday night with the demolition derby in the Legacy Ford Arena. The heats begin at 7:30 and tickets are $15.