KENNEWICK, Wash. - While Water Follies may be a crazy time, there are still a few basic rules in effect.
Lori Schumacher, the Water Follies Administrative Assistant, says "the reason we have rules is for everybody's safety, it's not to cause havoc or make anybody's day miserable, it's just there are needs for these rules so that's we implement them."
We'll start with a big one: booze. While it's a good idea to bring water to the races, it's not BYOB. If you want to drink alcohol this weekend, there is an solution.
Schumacher said, "there is a beer garden, it's actually a full service bar, so all you over 21's, come and enjoy the libations." It's on the west side of the park, and a lot better than getting busted drinking out of your car or RV.
Pets are also a don't this weekend. It's hot and loud, and you don't want your dog or any other animal getting over heated or scared. And of course there are the basics, don't bring your weapons and keep it clean. If it's illegal outside of the park, it's illegal inside.
Staff Pro and a crew of volunteers provide security for the event, but if you challenge their authority, law enforcement will be on the scene.
Sergeant Ken Lattin with the Kennewick Police Department says, "they'll come and remind you, once, that you're not following the rules, and then the 2nd time they're gonna ask you to leave. and if you don't leave, then they call us, and we help you leave."
Last year, police only had to issue 12 citations, so let's keep those numbers low.
Lattin says "we'll have a few people throughout the weekend that'll try and push their limits, and we'll be happy to issue them citations if that's the case."
So hopefully everyone has fun this weekend, but stays safe and follows those few simple rules.