Whether you’re a longtime boat race fan or a new fan, you’re going to love this announcement from the Tri-City Water Follies office. Water Follies gives you a free day to lounge on the banks of the Columbia River and take in some unlimited hydroplane action.

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Seven different teams and boats are expected to arrive and spend Friday, June 3rd on the river testing their incredible machines as they prepare for the 2022 season. The stars will be out including J. Michael Kelly, driver of the Strong Racing U-8 Miss Tri-Cities. Nothing can top the high-octane action of "the boat races" in Tri-Cities, where the Water Follies say these beautiful boats "will travel more than the length of a football field in the space of a second."

Sean Hinkson
Sean Hinkson

Pre-season testing in front of Columbia park will run from 9 am to 5 pm on June 3. The old highway road along the river will be closed for parking, but available for watching. Water Follies recommends you park near the Playground of Dreams and then walk your chairs and coolers to the river bank. The river along the course will be closed during the entire day of testing.

The first event of 2022 is the weekend of June 25th in Guntersville, Alabama. The boats will then make stops in Madison, Tri-Cities, Seattle, and San Diego. Check out the official schedule here.

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