Water Follies was once synonymous with naked women dancing on motorhomes, scores of arrests and general debauchery.
However, the days of having to use tear gas to break up a riot or shuttling droves of intoxicated race-goers to the county jail are long over.
The weekend event has become more family friendly throughout the years as law enforcement agencies and private security firms have increased their presence along the Columbia River and throughout the Tri-Cities, officials said.
"We are past all that. Those issues are in the past," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick police spokesman. "It took several years of having zero tolerance."
Law enforcement officials are hopeful things this weekend will run as smoothly as they did in 2013, when police on both sides of the river reported minimal issues.
There will be more than 25 officers from several agencies in Columbia Park on Saturday and Sunday, Lattin said. Cops will be out walking and on bicycles, ATVs and other vehicles.
Authorities are keeping an eye out for people drinking in the park, where alcohol is restricted to designated areas, Lattin said. Officers will be patrolling the parking lot regularly and ticketing people who decide to go back to their cars to drink.
Officers also will be out in full force around the clock on the Pasco side of river, said Cpt. Jim Raymond, police spokesman.
"You will know the police are there," he said. "We will be present."
Deputies from the Benton and Franklin counties will be patrolling the water, along with the U.S. Coast Guard. Volunteers will be patrolling the shoreline in boats.
In addition to the extra officers watching the crowds along the river, both departments will have officers on regular patrols around the cities.
"We try to be mobile and very visible," Lattin said. "The key to success is high visibility."
One of the main concerns for law enforcement agencies during Water Follies is people drinking and driving.
The Washington State Patrol will have extra troopers patrolling Mid-Columbia highways all weekend looking for impaired drivers and seat belt violations, WSP Lt. Tom Foster said.
"We are taking resources from the whole district and pulling them in toward the Tri-Cities," he said.
There will be Ben Franklin Transit buses available and a taxi pickup area for people in Columbia Park to catch rides home, Lattin said.
There also will be unlimited access all day at the main entrance to Columbia Park off Highway 240 for people to get picked up -- something that has not been done in the past.
Officials kept one lane of traffic open at the entrance for the Fourth of July and discovered it allowed cars to move more easily through part of the park.
"There should be no excuse for people to say, 'I had no other way to get out of here,' " Lattin said.
Police officials are confident that the plans they have spent years developing and tweaking will help everyone have a safe weekend, they said.
"We hope every show is like last year," Lattin said.
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