A quick media release was all the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo board had to say about the ongoing search for a true long term agreement and partnership between the Fair Association and the Benton County Fairgrounds.

The Benton Franklin Fair Association signed a two-year lease today for the Benton County Fairgrounds. The Association will lease the grounds from August 8 to September 7 in 2019 and 2020 from Benton County to produce the annual bi-county fair for the community. The current five-year lease expires Dec. 31.

While the terms of the lease are not ideal for the 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Board of Directors determined it was in the best interest of the community to move forward with the lease. The Fair Association looks forward to continuing its community partnership with Benton County for the next two years.

Stay tuned.

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