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Getting ready for hydro races before fans arrive

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—The 2011 hydro races start Friday afternoon for the 2011 Columbia Cup, but the set up begins way before fans arrive.

More than 1,200 volunteers will help set up 20,000 feet of fencing, hundreds of porta-potties and 65 vendors. 

"We start getting ready two weeks before we actually set up," says Beatriz Miranda, employee at Snow Shack. 

Miranda says they are getting 500 blocks ices that are 10 pounds each and 200 gallons of syrup.  That will create enough snow cones for 2,000 people. 

Before fans can even get their snow cones, they need a place to park.  A volunteer with hospitality says they start days before the race mapping out the RV park. 

"It's about a half a day ordeal to lay it out," says Bob Schumacher, hospitality manager.

About 87 RV's will fill the lot.  But if you can't be at the races, KNDU and KNDO have you covered.

"Right now we're just getting the main camera set up for the broadcast that will happen on Sunday even though it's only Thursday," says Rion Seick, KNDU Production. 

15 KNDU and KNDO employees are putting in about 12 hours just in set up.  However, even with the long hours many people are putting in, they all say it's worth it. 

"I love it personally.  I've been doing it for four years now but I get a perfect seat on the edge of the river to watch races and get paid to do it," says Seick.