KENNEWICK, Wash. - It takes weeks and even months to prepare for this weekend's Water Follies, from getting the RV park prepped, to setting up the lampson cranes -- a lot goes on behind the scenes to ensure a smooth weekend.
Preparations at Columbia Park began early this week with tents and fencing the first to go up. Volunteers are crucial to making water follies run smoothly and students from Jubilee Boys Ranch helped map out the RV park.
"To experience boats on the water, the idea that it can go 200 mph on water is just amazing. To have these boys see something like that, a lot of them are from the inner city and they haven't seen boats, let alone boats on water, so it's kind of cool to see that," says Kevin Burrill of the Jubilee Boys Ranch.
Once the lampson cranes arrive at the pits, race teams begin to funnel in as well.
"We've worked quite a few hundred hours in the shop before the season starts. Unless we break something, we like to come into the weekend with very little work," says Kevin Shade of U-5 Graham Trucking Team.
"This is something that we started getting ready for as soon as we got the boats back from Qatar last winter. It's an immediate deal, as soon as you get them back you start working on them," says U-21 Driver Brian Perkins.
Preparations continue through Friday with patrol boats starting sweeps of the river as well as clearing the race course of debris.
"It actually starts about 3 weeks ago when we start contacting our volunteers making sure that we have the proper number of patrol boats which is 28," says Chairman of the Patrol Boats Richard Silvey.
Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity and these drivers are ready to hit the water and let their work pay off.