The other morning, as I came over the bridge into Kennewick on my way to work, I felt a spark of excitement when I saw activity in the pits. It's hydro time!
The last couple of years, however, has turned into the "wake up at 4:30 a.m. every single day to secure my favorite spot" time.
I've attended the races since childhood, and now with my family and many friends, we attend all three days.
Officials have made it extra difficult for us on the Pasco side to have and keep our spot, by enforcing a rule that says no canopies may be left in the park overnight. This rule does not exist for the Kennewick side.
Attendees get along well in the festive atmosphere and there is room for everyone. What's driving the decision to keep this rule in place? To undo it in time for this weekend would be as simple as taking down the threatening signs, leaving people alone and letting canopies stay up.
I would hope the Water Follies officials would listen to the concerns of many longtime supporters, reconsider this rule and match Kennewick's rules in time for this weekend's event. That would be fair and reasonable.
ANGIE LAROSEE, Pasco