Arts & Entertainment

Follies events kick off July 20

The annual Tri-Cities Water Follies kicks off with the Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen program July 20 followed by the Miss Tri-Cities program July 21, both happening in the auditorium at Southridge High School.

Showtime is 7 p.m. for each event. Tickets to the event are $20 each night and can be purchased at JD's Time Center in Kennewick or the pageant's website at For more information, call Dot Stewart at 627-5622 or 539-3252.

The Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and the Miss America pageants.

Emceeing the pageants this year will be Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, and local emcee Richard Rogers, who will perform Broadway Opening Night and Broadway on Stage.

Also performing will be Janae Calaway, Miss Washington Outstanding Teen 2011, and Kailee Dunn, Miss Tri-Cities 2011.

The unlimited hydroplanes will be arriving in town starting July 23, but time trials don't start until July 27, and the big race is July 29. You can catch daily events news and video at the park at the Herald's website,

A complete schedule of Water Follies events is available at

There is no charge to enter Columbia Park until July 27. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per car.

A two-day pass for July 28-29 is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 6 to 12, with kids 5 and younger free. Admission for July 28 only is $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Admission for July 29 only is $25 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. A one-day pit pass is $10 from July 27-29. Three-day pit passes are $45 and include park admission.

General admission tickets are available at Albertsons stores or call 509-783-4675.

Parking fees are $5 per car for July 28 and $10 per car for July 29. Ben-Franklin Transit will offer rides to and from Columbia Park from July 27-29. A bus schedule will be in the July 27 Herald or call 735-5100.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;