Benton County Fair and Rodeo Rolls into Town

benton county fairThe Benton County Fair and Rodeo is arriving soon, with event dates from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 6. The theme this year, “Let the Games Begin,” is a reflection of the myriad fun activities they have in store for visitors.

From bull riding to live music, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Local and traveling bands such as Kurt Van Meter, the Olson Bros. Band, and Stone in Love (a great Journey cover band) will be there to fill your ears.

For the thrill-seekers, Davis Amusement Cascadia, Inc. offers numerous carnival-style rides, including a Ferris wheel and the Zipper (not to be confused with your zipper). If you happen to be after some food—the best part of the fair, in my opinion—vendors will be selling funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, and all sorts of other delicious belly-stuffers.

Now, we all know someone is walking away with a ribbon for best pig, an event classic, but what about a ribbon for… er, best-decorated diaper? That’s right! On Aug. 6 the Baby Celebration will take place at the Floral Courtyard where babies will stroll away with ribbons for biggest smile, chubbiest feet, and longest lashes.

The main event, the rodeo itself, will be held in the outdoor arena on Thursday and Friday. Don’t miss out! There’s nothing quite like watching people ride on and rope farm animals with a snow cone in your hand!

The Benton County Fair and Rodeo is held at the Benton County Fairgrounds from Wednesday,
Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 6. The fair is open Wednesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $8 per day or $20 for a season pass for an adult, $5 per day or $12 for a season pass for seniors, $3 per day or $9 for a season pass for youth, and free for kids 5 and under. Friday, Aug 5 is American Heroes Day; all military, active or retired, and personnel first responders are free all day and night. For more information about the fair, visit

By Kara Beu