Last year it was reported that more than 65,00 people showed up for the boat races and this year the crowds reached an all time high. On Sunday Water Follies event staff say they expect to see as many as 80,000 people show up to the boat races.
A local Water Follies sponsor says they saw a huge demand for Columbia Cup tickets. In fact they sold out.
Water follies event staff say they're pleased with the boost in visiting fans and they expect next year's event to be even bigger.