Setting Up The Benton Franklin County Fair & Rodeo - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Setting Up The Benton Franklin County Fair & Rodeo

Posted: Updated:
The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is back and it takes a lot of preparation to get it ready for opening day Tuesday. The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is back and it takes a lot of preparation to get it ready for opening day Tuesday.
KENNEWICK, WA  -The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is back and it takes a lot of preparation to get it ready for opening day Tuesday.

There was a lot of cleaning, a lot of tents to setup and plenty of food carts to prepare. Organizers say it takes about a year to plan and all that planning translates to just three weeks of physical work.

It's a big year for the rodeo. Tuesday night's competition is set to be nationally broadcast in September as some of the best riders in the world compete. In addition to the food and the rides there's plenty of animals (even scaly ones like snakes at Brad's World of Reptiles, one of the popular attractions).

"It really takes a year to plan and about 3 weeks to setup. So we're basically building an entire city," said Lori Lancaster, Executive Director of the fair.

"We have a chance to tear these rides apart every week. We get to look at the nooks and crannies and it gives us a chance to actually inspect them as we set them up and tear them down," said Jesse Jimenez who is a supervisor with Davis Shows Northwest, the group that offers the carnival rides at the fair.

The gates open Tuesday at 9 a.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 dollars for kids and seniors and if you're under 6, those lucky kids get in for free! 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/