Records Broken at the 2014 Benton-Franklin Fair
While overall attendance was down about 1% over 2013, a number of other records were topped.
According to the Fair Board, 116,000 attendees went to the fair this year, VERY close to last years total. But boy, did we eat, and ride the carnival rides!
Saturday saw an all-time record set for food sales at the fair, and 2014 had record sales of all-day carnival ride wrist bands, both the highest in the fair’s 66-year history.
The 4-H and FFA market stock sale also set an all-time record, bringing in more than $864,000, a jump of over $130,000 over 2013. This event is when show and exhibition competitors sell their animals at the end of the fair after they compete for ribbons and awards.
Over 11,000 pounds of food was raised for 2nd. Harvest Food bank during a drive on Tuesday, the opening day of the fair.
And finally, over 11,000 exhibits were brought to the five-day event, again close to a record.
Next year will mark the 67th running of the Benton Franklin Fair and Horse Heaven Round-up Rodeo.