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Agents from East Africa head to Water Follies

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We're conditioned to expect grand boats, loud engines and an overall great Water Follies each year. And why not? When you live in the Tri-Cities, it becomes the norm.

   Sometimes, it takes a group of people who live half a world away to remind you how lucky we truly are.

 "We have never seen these kinds of boats except in the TV," the group from Djibouti Africa says.  "Everything is different. Totally different. I can't believe it." 

The Djiboutians came out here for training at the Hammer facility in order to learn about weapons of mass destruction. They are customs agents sent a long way from home to get the most up to date training.  

One of the agents says it's about 22 hours a way by flight.  

After a week of training, the group made they're final stop at Columbia Park, to see the wonders of Water Follies, before heading back home.  

"To be able to see race boats up close, to be able to meet drivers, to actually come up and be able to touch the boats themselves. They found it tremendously exciting," Michael Tinker, African Regional Sustainability leader said.