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The Fair Board advises on the operations the Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds and the annual Benton County Fair & Rodeo through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Board of Commissioners. The seven volunteer members of the Fair Board are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Fair Board meetings are held monthly on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 pm (unless rescheduled due to holidays and the County Fair).

Fair Board:
Trudy Overlin, Chair
Rick Freeman, Vice Chair
Zel Brook
Craig Hendrickson
Aurora Jensen
Darrell Oakes
Kristi Schrock

The Fair Board maintains six sub-committees, consisting of at least one Fair Board member and various community volunteers. These sub-committees support the work of the Fair Board by focusing on specific programs and initiatives. Members of the public are welcome to contact the Event Center Office to be considered for membership on a sub-committee.

Fair Board Sub-Committees
  • Business Development Committee
  • Fair Committee
  • Rodeo Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Executive Committee (consists of Fair Board Chair & Vice Chair)


The Benton County Fairgrounds Foundation was established in April 1999 for the purpose of preserving the proud agrarian heritage of Benton County with a focus on our youth. The foundation provides a means for funding improvements to the Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds in order to create an inviting atmosphere as a gathering place for the urban and rural citizens of Benton County.

The Benton County Fairgrounds Foundation is filed a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation with the Federal Government and is subject to pertinent IRS regulations. The Federal Identification Number is: 93-1255130.


Leave your permanent mark at the fairgrounds! Through your generous donation you can add a personalized leaf to the Giving Tree. Purchasing a leaf is a great opportunity to honor a family member or loved one, pay tribute to a favorite mentor, or celebrate your passion for the fairgrounds. Proceeds from the Giving Tree support the important work of the Fair Foundation.

Giving Tree Order Form


Cash Gifts
Gifts to the Fair Foundation help provide important funding to maintain the buildings and grounds. Cash gifts are the simplest way to maximize the impact of your support for the Fair Foundation.

In-Kind Gifts
You can support the Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds with in-kind donations with services or tangible items. Please contact the Event Center Office to discuss options.

Estate and Planned Gifts
There are many ways you can contribute to the Fair Foundation, leave a vital legacy for our shared future, and ensure that your generosity will live beyond your lifetime. Whether you make a commitment through your will, living trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or a charitable remainder trust, your gift will ensure that the Benton County Fairgrounds continues to "Connect Our Community." Speak to your tax advisor regarding the benefits of estate planning.

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