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Bike Path Closures During Tri-City Water Follies Weekend




Columbia Park East of Edison Street will close at 8:00am Thursday, July 27.

Public Parks Bicycle trails along the Columbia River in Kennewick and Pasco will be partially closed as both sides of the river host the 52nd annual Water Follies.

Wade Park Rd. from The Blue Bridge to Rd. 60 in Pasco will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28th- July 30th from 6am-6pm

Columbia Park will be closed from the Blue Bridge to Edison Street in Kennewick beginning Thursday July 27 8am through Sunday July 30th 7:00pm.

Kennewick/Richland Columbia Park – Bike Paths and Park East of the Kiwanis Building – Hartford St. closed Thursday – Sunday, 10:00pm – 6:00am

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2017 Digital Brochure

Download the 2017 Water Follies Digital Brochure, to keep the latest Schedule, Event Map and more at your fingertips.
On your mobile device it is best to open with Acrobat to have access to all features and links.


Water Follies Launches New Web Site and Social Media Campaign

The newly redesigned website for Tri-City Water Follies went live on the World Wide Web at on June 23, 2017. The site features improved overall usability, with modernized navigation, engaging infographics, and astonishing photos and videos. Google maps is also a new feature, and the site is now mobile friendly. Water Follies has also been increasing our social media outreach and engagement with the community. Be sure and follow us for all the latest news and updates –


2017 Water Follies Artwork is Released

June 22, 2017 – The artwork for the 2017 Columbia Cup has been unveiled and it looks fantastic. Thank you to Jason Fitzgerald and i3 Global for your creativity and artistic vision! Jason tells us he was going for an aggressive, gritty, “in your face” design for 2017, inspired by the attitude of the F-22.

Five Unlimited Hydroplanes to Test on the Columbia River June 2, 2017

Five Unlimited Hydroplanes will be in the Tri-Cities to test prior to the start of the 2017 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane season.

On Friday, June 2 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, race fans can see the U-1 Miss Homestreet, driven by Jimmy Shane, the reigning H1 Champion; Miss Graham Trucking, U-9 Red Dot/Les Schwab; U-18 Bucket List Racing; and a very special treat, the 1973 Pay n Pak, all running test laps on the HAPO Columbia Cup course in preparation for the 2017 racing season. The boats will be staged in the Neil F. Lampson pits, right under the blue bridge. Admission is free.

During testing, boaters are reminded to avoid the race course, which is located between Wade Park, Pasco and Columbia Park, Kennewick.

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The 2017 HAPO Over the River Airshow and HAPO Columbia Cup will take place July 28 – 30 on the Columbia River in Tri-Cities Washington.

Local 598 – Plumbers and Steamfitters and Signatory Contractors Now in Seventh Year of Water Follies Partnership

The Tri-Cities Water Follies is once again proud to be partnered with Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters, and their Signatory Contractors. This is the seventh year of sponsorship from Local 598 and Water Follies Director Kathy Powell couldn’t be happier. “We’ve had such a great relationship with the Plumbers and Steamfitters. I’m so glad we are extending that relationship again this year. They’ve been such an advocate for the Water Follies and for the Tri-Cities in general,” she said.

This year, as in the past few years, Local Union 598 and their Signatory Contractors will sponsor the Grand Prix West Thunder Cup. The Grand Prix Hydroplane is a fan-favorite and known for their automotive engines and the roar they produce.

Local 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters also announced that they are once again offering a special opportunity to the area’s Gold Star military families – This invitation to watch the HAPO Columbia Cup and Over the River Air Show from the comfort of the Local’s hospitality tent while enjoying lunch and refreshments with their members, is a show of honor and support that has become a tradition for them, now in its 4th year. The offer also includes free admission and special pit access for the Gold Star families. Gold Star Families are those who have lost a family member in military service.

“The Fitters” as they are informally known, are a community, family based organization. As stated on their website, “Our members and contractors are very proud of the communities we live and work in. Involvement is a core principal of our organization. Our members are teachers, coaches, reserve firefighters, active and reserve military just to name a few. The membership of Local Union 598 strives to improve the quality of life for our families and communities.”

The HAPO Columbia Cup and Over the River Air Show is July 28- 30, 2017.

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Big News Over the River for 2017

The Tri-Cities Water Follies has some big, big news for fans, the F-22 Raptor, the United States Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft will be appearing in the Tri-Cities at this year’s HAPO Columbia Cup and Over the River Airshow. This is a major “get” says Kathy Powell, Director of the Water Follies. “These planes are the top of the top, the coolest of the coolest,” she said. “Folks on the river shore are in store for a show like we haven’t seen here.”

The F-22’s are part of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, based out of Langley Air Force Base. The team performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities. The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine. The combination of design and increased thrust allows the F-22 to cruise at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner — a characteristic known as supercruise.

This team performs at some of the top air shows around the country, said Powell. “To have them perform for us in the Tri-Cities is a testament to the history and draw of our event. We couldn’t be prouder.”

The 2017 HAPO Columbia Cup and Over the River Air Show is July 28 – July 30.

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