Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 24-28, 2021

Benton-Franklin Fair Grounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick

All the fair favorites are back, from elephant ears and funnel cakes to rides, animals, live entertainment, and the rodeo.

– Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday
– Tickets: $13 for adults if purchased before August 23 and $15 if purchased after, tickets for kids age 6 to 12, seniors age 65 and older, and military service members are $5, children 5 and younger are admitted for free
– Parking at the fairgrounds is $12 each day
– Kids Day is on Wednesday and kids (6-12) are admitted for $2
– Davis Carnival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. All-day carnival wristbands are $38.
– Rodeo 7:00 p.m. Aug. 24-28, Lithia Ram Rodeo Arena , $10 general &  $20 Reserved (does not include Fair Admission)

Fair tickets are available online and at the gate.
Event Info & Tickets:

Benton & Franklin Fair & Rodeo Shuttle Service – Note: Cancelled
Benton-Franklin Transit will not be providing Free shuttles to and from the Fair due to concerns over Covid-19!
Transit info:

Washington State Outdoor Cornhole Championships
The Washington State Outdoor Cornhole Championships are back at the Fairgrounds on August 27 & 28 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. each day.
– Teams of 2 – Double elimination tournament
– August 27 – Amateur division
– August 28 – Open division
– Limited to the first 64 teams each day
Entry free:$50 all divisions, includes 2 T-shirts, 2 participant passes, 2 drink tickets and 1 parking pass

Open & Amateur Championship Prizes:
1st place – $1000 + trophy
2nd place – $500 + trophy
3rd place – $250 + trophy
Tournament info & Registration:

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Reach Foundation’s Annual Day’s Pay Raise-The-Paddle Event! – August 27, 2021

The REACH, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person

We would like to invite you to join us at the REACH Museum and step back into time in the spirit of the 1940’s with a mess-hall style buffet dinner, open wine bar with a selection from local wineries, and entertainment featuring music by Cathy Kelly & Brian Swearingen and Swing Unlimited, and of course, our Raise-the-Paddle live auction with Master of Ceremonies, Mike Talbot.
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Things to Do – August 21, 2021

Here are some things to do in the Tri-Cities on Saturday, August 21, 2021:

– Paws For A Cause Featuring Color Blind
– Master Gardeners: Selecting Plants to Attract Pollinators
– Tumbleweed Music Festival Free Live Concert
– Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Garden Party – Note: cancelled
– Benton & Franklin Fair Grand Parade
– Try Hockey for Free with the Kraken

Read the event details below:

Paws For A Cause Featuring Color Blind
Clover Island Inn – 435 Clover Island Dr. Kennewick
From 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 which includes live entertainment provided by Colorblind, Dinner, and Dessert!

Pet OverPopulation Prevention (POPP) is having a summer concert fundraiser! This will be a night of fun under the stars with live music featuring Colorblind! There will be food, and dessert as we dance the night away at Clover Island.

Net proceeds from the concert will directly help animals right here in the Tri-Cities! There will be a full bar to purchase drinks from, so plan for a ride home or designated driver and have a carefree night for an even better cause.
Event info & Tickets:

Master Gardeners: Selecting Plants to Attract Pollinators
Held via Zoom webinar – must register
From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us as Master Gardeners talk about the basics of bringing pollinators to your yard.

Register in advance for this webinar by selecting the following link:
Passcode: 991458
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Note – photo credit: Glen Allison.
Event info:

Tumbleweed Music Festival Free Live Concert
Free to attend at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Amon Park in Richland

Due to the tremendous progress towards reopening through efforts to beat back the pandemic, we are very happy to announce that there will be a LIVE concert in Richland’s Howard Amon Park, on Saturday, August 21st, beginning at 7:30pm! This concert will feature three headline acts, and will be recorded live to become the traditional Saturday Night concert in this year’s virtual festival.

The Saturday Concert is traditionally a fundraiser for the Tumbleweed Festival, but to honor the support and appreciation that the community has given us for the last 24 years, this yea’’s concert is Free
Our headline performers are:
– Badger Mountain Dry Band, our outstanding, local Progressive Bluegrass band.
– Cecilia Eng, a Portland, Oregon-based singer who specializes in “Filk” music, folk music which takes its inspiration from imaginative works of film and literature (Cecilia was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2013); and
– Hank Cramer and Friends, featuring the long-time folksinger and Tumbleweed regular Hank Cramer, and a variety of his friends (also all Tumbleweed regulars) for a wide-ranging set that’s sure to include nautical, cowboy, traditional, and sing-along songs!

The Tumbleweed Music Festival is sponsored by Three Rivers Folklife Society, and co-sponsored by the City of Richland.
Event info:

Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Garden Party – Note: cancelled
REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating tickets: $75, must be 21+

Join us for our 7th annual Donor Celebration, The Garden Party, held this year on August 21st, 7.30pm at The REACH Museum. The evening is marked by small bites, a variety of beverages including local wine, and dance vignettes. This is a perfect time for donors to make their annual gifts as well as introduce new friends to the Ballet. All proceeds benefit the performance and outreach programs of Mid-Columbia Ballet, Southeastern Washington’s premier performing dance company.

Tickets include:
– A Mid-Columbia ballet Logo wine glass to keep after the event.
– Tastings from the featured wine sponsor Kiona Vineyards as well as Frichette Winery, Market Vineyards, Goose Ridge Winery & Bale Breaker Brewing.
– Delightful small bites from CG Catering.
– Vignette performances on the Solar Stage featuring the dancers of Mid-Columbia Ballet.
Event info & Tickets: or by calling 509-946-5417.

Benton & Franklin Fair Grand Parade
Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Free to watch

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year’s Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. The parade will be in Downtown Kennewick on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. Bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show. You don’t want to miss this parade! It’s the best around!
Event info & Parade map:

Try Hockey for Free with The Kraken
Hapo Ice Pavilion, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Free for ages 4-9 – must register

This Try Hockey for Free event is designed to provide kids ages 4 to 9 the opportunity to try hockey in a Fun, safe environment with trained coaching staff. No experience necessary! There will be plenty of assistance on hand to be sure your child has the best first hockey experience and answer any questions you might have.

Tri City Amateur Hockey Association (TCAHA) is working on getting as much hockey gear available to have kids use. While the Kraken wait for their Iceplex to open, their coaches are working with local rinks and hockey organizations to offer Youth Try Hockey for Free events around the state of Washington.

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