Arts & Entertainment

Get ready for Follies-filled weekend

There'll be plenty of stuff going on in the Tri-Cities on July 25-27 as the Tri-Cities Water Follies festivities roar into action with hydroplane races, air shows, street dances and art shows.

When the unlimited boats aren't speeding around the race course, there will be action in the air as tactical fighter jets do their thing in the sky over the Columbia River.

Viewing areas for the boat races are on both the Benton County and Franklin County shorelines.

Parking will be hectic on either side of the river, so it might be best to catch the Ben Franklin Transit bus. See Follies transit information on page 13.

Gates to Columbia Park open at 8 a.m. July 25-26 and at 7 a.m. July 27. Hydroplane testing and qualifying start at 8 a.m. all three days.

The Over the River Airshow demonstrations will include F-15s and F-16s and will take place between heats. For more information about Water Follies, go to www.waterfollies.com.

Ticket information

July 25: Admission is free.

July 26: $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12.

July 27: $25 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12.

Two-day (July 26-27) pass: $25 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12.

Bleacher seating: An additional cost of $5 each day.

Pit pass: $45 for three days and includes general admission.

Parking fees: $5 July 25-26, $10 July 27 for both the Kennewick and Pasco viewing areas.

-- Tickets are available at the gate

July 25

8 a.m. -- Park opens

8 a.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

9:30 a.m. -- Unlimited Light testing and and qualifying

11 a.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

1 p.m. -- F-16 demonstration

1:30 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights testing and qualifying

3 p.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

4:35 p.m. -- Formula boat media laps

5 p.m. -- Unlimited Dash for Cash

6 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights challenge

6:30 p.m. -- Tri-Ports Speed & Feed

July 26

8 a.m. -- Park opens

8 a.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

10 a.m. -- Unlimited Lights testing and qualifying

11:05 a.m. -- F-15 demonstration

11:15 a.m. -- Taco Bell drivers autograph session

11:35 a.m. -- USCG Rescue Helicopter demonstration

11:55 a.m. -- C-17 fly-by

12:30 p.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

2:05 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 1-A

2:25 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 1-B

2:45 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 1-C

3:05 p.m. -- Connell Oil Unlimited heat 1-A

3:25 p.m. -- Unlimited heat 1-B

3:45 p.m. -- Unlimited heat 1-C

4 p.m. -- F-16 demonstration

4:30 p.m. -- Formula boat media laps

5 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 2-A

5:20 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 2-B

5:40 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 2-C

July 27

7 a.m. -- Park opens

8 a.m. -- Unlimited testing and qualifying

9 a.m. -- Unlimited Lights testing and qualifying

10 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies with F-15 fly-bys

11 a.m. -- Unlimited heat 2-A

11:20 a.m. -- Unlimited heat 2-B

11:40 a.m. -- Unlimited heat 2-C

Noon -- Unlimited Lights heat 3-A

12:20 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 3-B

12:40 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights heat 3-C

1 p.m. -- Circus performance on main stage

1:05 p.m. -- F-15 demonstration

1:30 p.m. -- USCG Rescue Helicopter demonstration

2 p.m. -- Unlimited heat 3-A

2:20 p.m. -- Unlimited heat 3-B

2:40 p.m. -- Unlimited heat 3-C

3 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights B-main

3:20 p.m. -- Buffalo Brothers Unlimited Provisional

3:40 p.m. -- C-17 fly-by

4 p.m. -- F-16 demonstration

4:30 p.m. -- Unlimited Lights final

4:50 p.m. -- Unlimited final

5:30 p.m. -- Awards ceremony

-- Schedule subject to change

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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