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Preparations Underway for 2013 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Preparations for the 2013 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup are in full-swing.

Piles of volunteer t-shirts, laminated coupons, ticket packages; every task adds up as workers prepare for this year's Water Follies. The office is busy getting ready for the biggest event of the summer.

"It's just all coming together right now. Folks are coming in to pick up their ticket packages. Boat teams are calling in to make the final arrangements. Our board members, volunteers, sponsors, we're getting all of that together. This is a pretty wild time right now," said Water Follies Event Director Kathy Powell.

"We have family come from all over to visit with us during boat races. So we make sure we come down early to get our tickets, make sure we have everything that we need," said Water Follies attendee, Breana Davenport.

Water Follies would not be possible without the volunteers. 1,200 volunteers will work at the boat races this year.

Dawn O'Kelly loves Water Follies so much, she takes two weeks off work to volunteer for the races.

"A lot of the little things that people don't see and it takes volunteers because this pretty much is a volunteer type of facility. It's not a business where you're in to make a lot of money. This is something to put on and it brings money to the community," said volunteer Dawn O'Kelly.

Things may get a little chaotic as preparations add up but it is all for the community that enjoys the annual races.

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