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Water Follies Preparations Keeping Volunteers Busy in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The biggest event in the Tri-Cities is now just one week away and crews are busy preparing at Columbia Park in Kennewick.

Volunteers were busy on the land and in the water Saturday as the Water Follies course began to take shape on the Columbia River.

Boats made several trips from the shoreline to the middle of the river setting up heavy anchors to hold down styrofoam buoys. 

"We're surveying in approximately about 45 different points out here in middle of the river," said Water Operations Director Michael Hendricks.

They have to make sure they plot the points out in the exact spot using GPS. Crews on the shore communicated with the boats to put the buoys exactly where they need to go.

"If you can imagine 5 foot by 5 foot square box, we're trying to put a styrofoam block out here in the middle of the river in that 5 by 5 box," said Hendricks.

On land, crews guided the docks and main stage into place using a giant crane. 

""Every year it takes a whole bunch of people to put this event on and without the volunteers and the help, we couldn't make it happen," said Pit Chairman Kevin Smith.

Hundreds of workers will continue setting up at Columbia Park through the week.

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