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Water Follies Volunteer BBQ

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Even though boat races are two weeks away, the people who make it happen are already planning their next moves.

Tonight, the volunteers had a little celebration and got some work done at the same time.

"It takes about 1,200 each year to put this thing on and we get a lot of returnees, they enjoy it. They come out and have a good time and as some go away others start bringing their families here. As their kids get a little older, they come out and start volunteering," says President TCWF Calvin Dudney.

It takes an entire village to help the Water Follies event flow smoothly not just on water, but on land too. Many of the 1,200 volunteers, are of all ages, and have all sorts of tasks at hand. For some, volunteering at boat races is new.

"I didn't know about this til last year, til I found out and its really fun," says Joshua Cardinas.

"I've been doing pit tours the whole time, I started out with my dad because he's really involved with boat races and has been since it first started here," says Mariah Julson.

After a delicious dinner, many got to organizing, t-shirts, parking passes, credentials, and even recruiting more volunteers.

"We are short approximately 7 maybe 8 patrol boats. So if there are any volunteers that want to operate on the water, it's a fun time, it's a free ticket to the race and its up close and personal," says Richard Silvey of the Boat Patrol.