No fair: 2020 Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo canceled

Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo
Courtesy: Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo announced Thursday that “The Best Week of Summer” will not take place in 2020.

A statement from fair officials was posted to Facebook:

We are feeling all the same things you are. Sad. Frustrated. Disappointed. Heartbroken.

We know this has a big impact on hundreds of businesses and thousands of people. The Fair is a platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs, service groups and nonprofits, school groups and young people, artists, entertainers and agriculturists, and many, many more. It is a significant source of revenue for many, with an economic output of $18.5 million in Benton County alone last year. Many of our partners have been greatly affected by the closures of fairs in our region this year, and we did not want to let them down. But in the end, we had no choice. Events like the Fair are not going to be allowed for the foreseeable future.

Ticketholders will be offered refunds or rollovers to 2021, when the fair hopes to have the same entertainment line-up of Trace Adkins, Nelly, Foghat, and Plain Whte T’s, for August 24-28, 2021.

This is just the latest summer event to be canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On Tuesday, organizers announced that the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days would be canceled.

To our community, As many have heard, a very hard decision was made at the WW County Commissioners public meeting this…

Posted by Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days on Monday, June 8, 2020

This is a developing story.

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