For thousands of people across the Mid-Columbia and beyond, summer isn’t complete until they watch the hydroplane racing action during Water Follies Weekend. Since 1966 hydroplanes have been racing on the Columbia River, dazzling spectators on the shores of Columbia Park and the Shore-line in Pasco.
With plenty of hydroplane racing during the HAPO Columbia Cup and Over the River Airshow, shoreline activities, food and vendor booths and much more, there is no shortage of action and fun during Water Follies Weekend.
“We’re full-on celebrating summer,” said Kathy Powell, event director.
Over the years, the weekend-long event has turned into a summer celebration that everybody can enjoy.
“The Water Follies has had its ups and downs,” Powell said. “They’ve had a colorful history, but it’s settled right now into being a great family-friendly event that the community can be proud of. All our volunteers work very hard to make it a legitimate and relevant event for everybody.”
Around 1,500 volunteers help make the Water Follies a success every year. “The Tri-City Water Follies is very fortunate because we have an ideal venue. We have viewing on both sides of the river, our pits are large enough to comfortably accommodate all of the boat teams and the cranes, and our volunteers are dedicated to making it the best event possible,” she said.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Tri-Cities as an event that they love and embrace,” Powell said. “That’s very rewarding, and I’m sure the volunteers will be very excited.”