The annual HAPO Tri-Cities Water Follies unlimited hydroplane racing is July 25-27 on the Columbia River.
The races have been part of Water Follies since 1966, but the event offers plenty of other festivities.
The week kicks off with the Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen pageants July 19 at the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Jade Redinger Jordon, Miss Tri-Cities 2003, will emcee the event along with TV newsman Kevin Uretsky.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at the door, or in advance at JD's Time Center in Kennewick. Or call 547-0495.
Another popular part of Follies week is the annual Allied Arts Sidewalk Show on July 25-26 at Howard Amon Park in Richland. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 25 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26. Admission to the park is free.
The Air National Guard Mobile Experience will make its debut at the Follies, offering a taste of military life for civilians.
The experience provides an opportunity to participate in simulated challenges that replicate real-life experiences of Air Guard men and women during basic training, said Cassie Sullivan, a public relations representative with the Air National Guard.
The challenges test your electronic, medical, mechanical, observational and spatial aptitudes while honing surveillance skills, physical strength and agility.
The mobile training center is at the east end of Columbia Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25-27. There is no cost to participate, but there is an admission fee to the park.
A two-day ticket to the HAPO Columbia Cup Races on July 25-26 is $25, $10 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. One day admission for Saturday is $15 and kids are $5.
Race day admission July 27 is $25, and kids are $5. Passes to the racing pits, where you can get a closer look at the hydros, cost an additional $10 each day or $45 for three days.
Parking fees for Columbia Park are $5 on Friday and Saturday, and $10 on Sunday. Parking is free Friday in Pasco but costs $5 Saturday and $10 Sunday.
Tickets are available at all Tri-City area Albertson stores or the Follies office, 621 N. Gum St., Suite A, Kennewick. Jack-in-the-Box restaurants also are handing out free tickets for kids to Columbia Park.
The HAPO Over the River Air Show will entertain crowds between the hydroplane heats.
This year's show features an Alpha jet, Air National Guard MX-S, the USAF Heritage plane, Douglas DC-3, the T-33 Shooting Star, and TF-51 Mustang jet.
Also performing for the air show will be the Misty Blues, a group of all-women skydivers who use wing suits. The air show starts at 11:30 a.m. July 25-27.
Ben Franklin Transit also will provide shuttle service to and from Columbia Park, leaving from transit centers in Richland and Kennewick.
Cost is $1.50 each way for one or $4 each way for a family of five. Seniors and the disabled pay 75 cents each way with a BRT ID card.
The bus service departs the transit centers at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. July 26-27. The drop-off and pick-up area will be the same at the east end of Columbia Park.
The final bus leaves the park 15 minutes after the events of the day July 26-27.
There is no bus service to the Pasco viewing side. Dial-A-Ride reservations must be made by noon July 25 for a Saturday or Sunday ride to and from the park. For more information bus service, call 735-0160.
Columbia Park opens at 8 a.m. each day with a kid zone and a slew of food and beverage kiosks scattered throughout the park, as well as along the Pasco side of the river.
Pets are not allowed at the Follies, and there is a special needs area designated for the disabled at Columbia Park only. A full schedule of events is at www.waterfollies.com.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal