Out in the desert in Richland, within earshot of the buzzing motorcycles at the Horn Rapids Off-Road Vehicle Park, lies a bursting complex of playing fields filled with dust, dirt, sweat, but most of all paint.
On any given weekend, a good number of paintball players, serious and recreational, can be found at the Red Dot Paintball fields.
It's been a dream come true for Tim Osborn and his wife, Sue.
"We started online about five years ago," said Osborn. "Then we had the store (in West Richland) open in October of 2010. And in November of 2010 we opened the field."
Osborn leases 43 acres just west of the ORV Park. He currently uses about 10 acres for the fields and the parking lot, but he's been expanding each year since it opened.
"When we have employee meetings, we talk about how we're not a paintball company, but we're an entertainment company," Osborn said. "To be an entertainment company, you've got to keep things fresh."
So Red Dot offers a lot of different things for people of all ages.
On a recent Sunday, a group of 12 went out and played Capture the Castle, in which two teams starting on opposite sides of a castle replica, try to gain control of the buildings.
Within 30 minutes of that group playing, another 30 joined in.
On an adjacent area of field turf scattered with air-filled obstacles and surrounded by a net, a group of 10 more serious players were practicing maneuvers for an upcoming tournament.
But there's more.
"This summer, we're running some city of Richland activity camps," Osborn said. "We have an area for laser tag for kids ages 5 and up."
And there's something called Splat Master, in which the paintball gun doesn't use compressed air, but instead a pump-like action on the gun is used so that children ages 7 and up don't get hit so hard by the paint.
A session of paintball costs about $50 and includes admission into the park, a gun rental, helmet, the compressed air and the first 200 paintballs. Another $13 will get you 500 more paintballs.
"And we've figured that people use about 700 paintballs over a three-hour period out here," Osborn said.
Then there are the serious types, like Kennewick's Dave Wilson.
"When I was in the military, the first year I got involved I probably spent a quarter of what I made on paintball," said Wilson, 27, who now is out of the military but going to college. "I'm huge into it. I've got stuff that's pretty pricey. My gun alone cost me $1,000."
Wilson is one of 28 people who play in Osborn's National Speedball League, which is in its second year at the Richland field.
Wilson paid his money, participated in a tryout, and was ranked No. 1.
Team captains then drafted the players.
Richland is one of two regions currently in the NSL, with the other being in Reno, Nev. Last fall, the Reno champions visited Richland to play in a championship.
Osborn's league includes four teams of seven players each. Each team had two preseason games, and then six regular-season matches throughout the summer.
Games are played on the field turf, consisting of four quarters each, with the goal of a team to advance a flag past the goal line for a scored point. A team has two minutes and 15 seconds to advance that flag to score, or it has to give up the flag.
"I love this format," said Wilson. "You definitely get your money's worth."
Age doesn't seem to be a problem either.
The youngest player in the league is 11-year-old Trace Scheuning.
"He's on my team," said Wilson, whose squad is 2-0 this season. "Last year, he did pretty well as a 10-year-old. But all of us are shaking our heads, because he's come back from the offseason and he's 10 times better than what he was last year."
His father, Karl Lutz, who owns a KFC store in Pendleton, said Trace is more confident.
"He eats, sleeps and dreams of paintball," Lutz said. "When he first started I went out and played with him. Now I'm not capable of playing with him. I'm really proud of him."
Osborn likes to hear stories like that. He wants to see the sport grow.
About 30 percent to 40 percent of his customers come from outside the Tri-Cities. And he's looking to get more people interested in playing by offering a free clinic Saturday.
Osborn also hopes to expand the playing fields by adding an urban part where business can sponsor storefronts and streets. Do that, and he'll work on getting the people hooked on playing paintball.
That's what you do when you own an entertainment company.
For more information, contact Red Dot Paintball at 509-967-3030.