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Water Follies is a money maker for local businesses

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Water Follies just came to a close and the financial boost it gives the Tri-Cities is being felt by businesses that had booths at Columbia Park in Kennewick over the weekend.

Booths lined the Columbia River this weekend for boat races and they raked in the cash as thousands of people came out for the annual races.

Water follies brings in millions dollars to the Tri-Cities, from hotels to restaurants and especially the businesses with booths at the heart of the action.

People are opening up their wallets for Water Follies to have some fun and businesses with booths at Columbia Park are benefiting. Water follies is the biggest event of the year locally and helps keep our economy afloat bringing in 3 million dollars to the community.

Niki Fisher, who works for Pacific Pasta and Grill, says this event brings in great earnings for them.

"It is a big money maker. It brings a lot of money into the community. We're a local business and we're bringing our food down here to keep our money in the community," says Fisher.

Booth holders say business is picking up this year and Sunday is the day that pulls in bigger profits.

"Oh definitely bringing in good money. It's busier than last year. We did quite a bit more yesterday than we did the year before," says Fisher.

Event goers, like Maryann Cravens, say spending at Water Follies is something she doesn't think twice about.

"I don't mind spending money here because everything is reasonably priced and it's worth it. It's just a fun weekend."

Vendors also look at Water Follies as a marketing opportunity to get their name out and be seen. By the end of the weekend the dollars add up and for many, Water Follies was a financial success.