There's no hotter place to whet your appetite for fast boats this summer than Water Follies.
The Tri-City Water Follies Lamb Weston Columbia Cup takes place July 24-26. The annual three-day event attracts thousands of visitors who head to either the Kennewick or Pasco side of the Columbia River to watch the races.
The boat races began 43 years ago when Bernie Little, owner of Miss Budweiser, won the then-called Atomic Cup. Last year, driver Steve David of the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto took first place and will be returning this year to fight for the title.
Fans of the aerial show can choose from eight demonstrations featuring F-15s, F-16s and a P-51 Mustang throughout the weekend. The Friday air shows are at 10:30 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. On Saturday they're at 11 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. On Sunday, they are at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
If you own a boat, volunteers still are needed for boat patrol during the Water Follies and spots still are open for the golf tournament that kicks off the Water Follies on July 23. If interested in either, contact the Follies office at 783-4675.
Friday admission is free for everyone and children 5 and under get in free all weekend long.
Weekend passes for Saturday and Sunday are $25 for adults and $10 for juniors (6-12). These passes are available at all area Albertsons.
Tickets on Saturday are $15 for adults and $5 for juniors. Sunday tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for juniors. Daily passes are available at the gate only.
Want access to the pit for all three days? The $45 packages are available now at the Water Follies office, 201 N. Edison, Suite 232, Marineland Village, Kennewick and in Columbia Park at the will-call and credentials trailer during event weekend. Otherwise, daily pit access passes are $10 and do not include admission to the event.
General admission parking in Kennewick for Friday and Saturday is $5 per car. Sunday, it is $10. Parking in Pasco on Friday is free, while on Saturday it's $5 and on Sunday it's $10. To learn more about bus schedules during Water Follies, go to www.bft.org/special.html.
For more information on the full race schedule, bleacher seating, group pit tours and other deals, go to waterfollies.com and check out next Friday's entertainment section in the Herald and tricityherald.com/hydros for full coverage of the races.
Art in the Park
Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind beaded necklace, an original watercolor painting or a whimsical sculpture for the garden, the place to find it will be the Art in the Park Show July 24-25.
"There's over 200 artists this year coming from all over the country, some as far away as Georgia, New York, Texas and even Florida," said show director Jennifer Hickman.
The show features a wide variety of arts and crafts ranging from colorful tie-dyed clothing to windsocks, metal sculpture to handbeaded jewelry, scented lotions to perfumed candles.
The Art in the Park Show runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 24 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25.
The juried art show is a fundraiser for The Allied Arts Association.
Parking near and at the show site is limited. Your best option is to catch one of the Ben-Franklin Transit shuttle buses.
The buses are handicapped accessible and run every few minutes from the parking lots at Fran Rish Stadium at Richland High School to Carmichael Middle School in Richland to the Richland Community Center. Cost is $1.25 each way, per person, or $3.50 each way for a family of three or more. Children 5 and under ride free.
Parents take note, there is no child care area at the show.