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Breaking Down Water Follies

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- It's been a fun filled weekend, but Water Follies have sadly come to a close. Now that the races are over it's time to pack up.

It takes about a week to set up a lot of the staging for Water Follies, but it all starts to break back down within just hours.

"30 minutes after this last race is over today, this whole complex is going to look a whole lot different," said Todd Blackman, Barge Chair on Sunday.

Within those 30 minutes, Blackman and his crew at the starting line take down what it originally took them a day and a half to put up, including 2500 feet of fencing. After 20 plus years of doing it, they're all pros.

"An hour before the event you'll see my volunteers around loosing up the bolts on fencing, clipping half of the zippy ties off of banners and so when the time comes, things happen really fast here."

For some of the 50 plus vendors, Water Follies means great public exposure, but a lot of planning and setup work.

"Once the races are over and the interest is over then we have our u-haul and we just kind of fold everything down, put it back the way it came in and in the u-haul it goes and up to the store it goes tonight," explained Steve Thomas, the store Director at Albertsons.

The more than 1200 volunteers who help out at Water Follies put in a lot of work that goes well into the night, but they love what they do.

"You're going to find some of the most dedicated boat race fans are volunteers and they come back every year," said Blackman.

Water Follies actually has a new warehouse where most of their staging will be stored, which organizers hope will make for an easier night of breaking down the complex.