The Tri-Cities Water Follies is always a favorite stop on the Unlimited circuit. Begun in 1966, the event is a community favorite, always bringing tens of thousands of fans to the shores of the Columbia River for three days of sun-baked racing on one of the fastest courses we race on. In terms of all-out speed and excitement, it doesn’t get much better than Tri-Cities!
Beginning on Wednesday, the teams will gather for a meet and greet – usually at the Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick, then load into the Lampson pits, with the winner of the previous year’s race getting the prized spot under the “Bernie Tree” – one of the only places for shade in the pit lane on what is always a hot and sunny weekend.
Once the weekend gets under way, there is action on the water all day, with multiple classes of boats as well as multiple exhibitions by the vintage “Thunderboats” – 1960’s-70’s era boats powered by V-12 fighter plane engines. The weekend culminates with the Final Heat for the Columbia Cup.
With most of the teams headquartered in Washington State, the race is guaranteed to have one of the largest and fastest fields of the year!