14 Boats – We’re Going To Need A Bigger Pit Area

14 Boats – We’re Going to Need a Bigger Pit Area!

HAPO Community Credit Union Sponsors U-99 Hydroplane

Richland, WA – July 27, 2011 – HAPO Community Credit Union will sponsor the U-99 Unlimited Hydroplane during the 46th Running of the Columbia Cup this weekend.

The U-99 is the black and maroon hydroplane that was driven by Greg Hopp in 2010.  This year it is being driven by Ryan Mallow of Tacoma.  Mallow drives the GP-19 Miss Everett on the Grand Prix Circuit.  The Miss Everett is owned by Tom Eckenberg.

This is the first year that HAPO will sponsor a hydroplane.  HAPO is the sponsor of the HAPO Over the River Air Show for the 4th year.  The U-99 will feature HAPO’s logo during the races, and will be known as the Miss HAPO.

“Between the outstanding air show line-up this year and our sponsorship of the U-99 Miss HAPO, we are really excited and looking forward to a great weekend of fun.  See you at the races!” exclaimed Steve Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for HAPO.

HAPO’s sponsorship of the air show and the U-99 is part of their “Official Sponsor of Summer” program.  HAPO sponsors a variety of local community events throughout the summer.

Windermere Group One Sponsors Kids Zone

Windermere Group One and the Tri-Cities Water Follies team up for Kids Zone at the hydro races

Windermere Group One is this year’s sponsor of the Kids Zone at the hydroplane races on the Columbia River, July 29-31.

The Kids Zone will operate on both the Kennewick and Pasco sides of the river, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

Inflatable bounce houses will be donated by Bouncing Around.

The Kennewick Kid’s Zone is located at the Columbia Center Rotary Stage. The Pasco Kids Zone is just east of the Bulldog Beach Club.

The Kennewick Kids Zone will feature Big Top the Clown and Walter Chimal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a meet and greet from 10 to 11 a.m. Spiderman will appear at the Kennewick Kids Zone on Saturday only, from  12 to 3 p.m.  Both Kids Zones will also have face painting and arts & crafts.  Appearance schedules subject to change.

About Windereme Group One:
Your Windermere Group One/Tri-Cities Realtors are committed to our communities, serving on boards, committees, participating in fundraisers, even selling newspapers on street corners for the annual Kids Day event.  We invest our time and money in the Tri-Cities and we are dedicated to helping build a great community and a great place to live.  Windermere is about building relationships.  We believe in the ability of our agents, staff, and management to create relationships that go beyond the ordinary and that make a difference in people’s lives.


About Bouncing Around:
BOUNCING AROUND will make your next event a memorable one.  Inflatable games are always a crowd pleaser, whether the occasion is a Birthday Party, Grad Night, Company Picnic, Corporate Team-building Event, or just plain old fun.  If you’ve never experienced the howls that these inflatables generate, you’re in for a treat!

New Traditions Homes Sponsors Kids Tickets

Water Follies and New Traditions Homes team up to offer free Columbia Cup  tickets for kids for 2011

The Tri-Cities Water Follies is happy to announce a partnership with New Traditions Homes. New Traditions has generously agreed to be the Kids Ticket Sponsor for this year’s Lamb Weston Columbia Cup and HAPO Community Credit Union Over the River Air Show July 29-31.

Thanks to New Tradition Homes, Free race tickets for kids will be available at New Traditions’ model home locations in Pasco and Richland. They are located at Broadmoor Estates 9003 Durham Court in Pasco and The Heights 1595 Manchester St. in Richland. Business hours are: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kid’s tickets must be presented for children 6- 12 years of age. They are normally priced at $10.00.

Directions to Broadmoor Estates:
To Broadmoor Estates from I-182: Take the Broadmoor Blvd. exit. Go north on Broadmoor Blvd. to Sandifur Parkway, and turn right (east). Turn left (north) on Road 90 and enter Broadmoor Estates. The Model Home is straight ahead.

Directions to The Heights:
To The Heights from I-82: Take the Queensgate South exit, Exit 3A. Turn slight right onto Queensgate Drive, left on Keene Road, and right on Brantingham Road. To The Heights from WA-240 W: Take the Columbia Center Blvd exit, left on N Columbia Center Blvd, right on Quinalt Ave, right on Center Parkway, left on Gage Blvd, right on Keene Road and left on Brantingham Road.

About New Traditions Homes

New Tradition Homes began in 1987 with the Helmes family dream to build new homes of high quality, enduring design and lasting value. We named our company New Tradition Homes to demonstrate the combined excitement of building new lives, new memories, and new traditions in a new home. Today we are one of the largest homebuilders in Washington State, having built thousands of homes.

New Tradition Homes has become the regional leader in developing innovative and energy-efficient construction technologies. Through on-going research and dedication we continue to build homes that are healthier, more durable and more efficient than standard new homes. Every New Tradition Homes is Energy Star and Built-Green certified. This certification means that every home is third-party verified to meet our high standards. Our ongoing commitment is to provide homebuyers beautiful, better-built homes at an affordable price.

New Sponsor: Cascade Natural Gas

Now We’re Racing With Gas

The Tri-City Water Follies is thrilled to welcome Cascade Natural Gas as an Unlimited Hydroplane heat for the 2011 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.  This is the first year Cascade Natural Gas has been involved with the Water Follies.

About Cascade Natural Gas:

Until the early 1950s, Pacific Northwest communities outside the larger metropolitan areas were passed over for natural gas service. In 1953, Pacific Northwest businessmen Lester Pettit, Spencer Clark, and Stewart Matthews formed Cascade Natural Gas Corporation to serve these communities with clean, affordable natural gas.

In those early days, the founders faced many financial, engineering and operational challenges as they strived to expand service and enhance their operations. The company grew steadily to become one of the fastest growing natural gas utilities in the nation.

Today Cascade’s 385 employees serve about 250,000 customers in 96 cities and towns in Washington and Oregon. Customers are served from four operational regions: Western–including Grays Harbor, the Kitsap Peninsula, and Longview; Northwest–including Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, and Oak Harbor/Anacortes; Central–including Sunnyside, Kennewick, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, and Yakima areas; and Southern–including Bend, Ontario, Baker City, and Pendleton.

Throughout our service areas, our mission is to be an integral part of the community with a firm commitment to being there when you need us. Through our friendly and dedicated employees and the services we provide, we hope you’ll find we are In the Community to Serve.

Water Follies Feted at 2010 H1 Banquet

Lamb Weston 2010 Marketing Award

Local Race Partners Take Home Awards
Tri-City Water Follies was on hand at the 2010 H1 Annual Awards Banquet to accept a number of awards for our event partners.  Title sponsor Lamb Weston was recognized with a marketing award for the 2010 Season.  KNDU TV, which broadcasts the race live each year, won an award for television coverage.  The Tri-City Herald was recognized for their outstanding print coverage of the races.  Additionally, Water Follies photographer Chris Denslow won the wards for “Best Action Shot” and “Best Boat Shot” for the 2010 season.  Congratulations to all the winners.

Title Sponsors for 2011, 2012 Announced


ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston continues as title sponsorHAPO Community Credit Union to sponsor Air Show

The Water Follies Board of Directors is proud to announce that ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston renewed its title sponsorship of the Columbia Cup for two more years. In addition, HAPO Community Credit Union has also renewed sponsorships for 2011 and 2012.

“In 2007, Lamb Weston’s sponsorship of boat race weekend was essential to the continuation of the Water Follies,” reflects Mike Denslow, 2010 Tri-City Water Follies President, “and Lamb Weston’s continued sponsorship in 2009 and 2010 helped us to continue to grow the event as a popular regional, family friendly weekend.

Incoming Tri City Water-Follies President Calvin Dudney adds, “HAPO’s sponsorship of the Over the River Air Show has allowed us to expand our aerial presentation making the Water Follies a thrilling action packed weekend.” The generous support from these sponsorships will make Tri-City Water Follies viable through 2012”.“Lamb Weston’s sponsorship of the Columbia Cup is part of our larger commitment to the Tri-Cities and the Columbia Basin—home to our corporate headquarters and a majority of our workforce, as well as to our local growers and other business partners,” said Lamb Weston Vice President of Human Resources Dave Sanford, “The Water Follies allows us to both give back to the larger community as well as to create an occasion to bring our employees and their families together over race weekend,” Sanford added.

Steve Anderson, Executive Vice President/COO of HAPO concurs on the benefits of supporting the Tri-City Water Follies. “The Air Show is part of our OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF SUMMER promotion which provides our community with a variety of fun, family events which we believe improves the quality of life in the communities we serve. Community involvement and charitable support is extremely important to us” he stated.

Event Director Kathy Powell adds, “We are once again very thankful for Lamb Weston’s and HAPO Community Credit Union’s commitment to the Tri-City Water Follies. From title sponsorship to making the weekend event more environmentally friendly by introducing and then expanding recycling efforts, Lamb Weston is a great partner. And HAPO’s community commitment has allowed us to present one of the best air shows in the Pacific Northwest!  We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of boat racing and air shows in 2011 and 2012.”

Lamb Weston, a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., is North America’s premier supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and other vegetable products, serving both the foodservice and retail industries. For more information, please visit www.lambweston.com.

HAPO Community Credit Union has been serving the financial needs of members in the Tri Cities since 1953. There are currently eleven financial centers located throughout Southeastern Washington. Visit www.hapo.org for more information.

Log on to www.waterfollies.com   for more information about the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup and HAPO Community Credit Union Over the River Air Show.