Between 70,000 and 80,000 people are expected to descend on the Columbia River July 24-26 for the HAPO APBA Gold Cup.
The racing hydroplanes are the main draw, to be sure.
But the Tri-City Water Follies, which is celebrating 50 years of racing unlimited hydros on the Columbia, also has other fun to offer.
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The Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen pageants are July 18 at the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School.
Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
The annual Art in the Park outdoor festival is July 24-25 at Howard Amon Park.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 24 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25.
Admission to the park is free.
The HAPO Over the River Air Show starts at 11:30 a.m. on July 24-26.
It lasts about 11/2 hours and features a mix of military and civilian pilots and aircraft, from a U.S. Air Force F-16 to the civilian Patriots Jet Team.
Gates open at 8 a.m. July 24-25 and at 7 a.m. July 26.
Food and beverage booths will be set up on both sides of the river.
A full schedule of events is at www.waterfollies.com.
Admission to the races is free July 24, and children 5 and younger are admitted for free all weekend.
A two-day pass, good for July 25-26, is $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6 to 12.
One-day passes are $15 for adults and $5 for kids July 25, and $25 for adults and $5 for kids on July 26.
Three-day event passes and pit admission cost $45.
Daily pit access passes are $10.
Tickets are available at Tri-City Albertsons and Safeway stores and at the Tri-City Water Follies office, 621 N. Gum St., Suite A, in Kennewick. Free kids tickets are available at Jack in the Box restaurants.
General admission parking is $5 per car July 24-25 and $10 per car July 26 on the Kennewick side.
On the Pasco side, parking is free July 24, $5 per car on July 25 and $10 per car on July 26.
Ride the bus
Ben Franklin Transit is providing bus service to and from Columbia Park on July 25-26.
Cost is $1.50 round trip, or $4 per family of up to five people. Children 5 and younger ride free.
A senior and disabled rate is available with a transit ID card.
The bus service departs the Three Rivers and 22nd Street transit centers at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., the Knight Street transit center at about 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and the Ed Frost Huntington transit center at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Return service is 15 minutes after the final race.
Pick up and drop off at several hotels throughout the Tri-Cities also is available.
There is no bus service to the Pasco viewing side.