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Historic Display at Tri-City Water Follies Office

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If you have stopped by the Water Follies office lately you may have seen an interesting display, a mannequin of Jack Schafer Jr. If you have stopped by the Water Follies office lately you may have seen an interesting display, a mannequin of Jack Schafer Jr.

KENNEWICK, WA - If you have stopped by the Water Follies office lately you may have seen an interesting display, a mannequin of Jack Schafer Jr. 

Chester Lepinski said "in 2000 I got an email from Jack Schafer Jr. stating that he used to drive that boat," talking about the U-3 Miss Tri-Cities hydroplane. 

"So I called him on the phone and asked him if he had anything from that year that he could send up to me," Lepinski said.

That year was 1979, Tri-Cities local, Ken Thompson owned the U-3 Miss Tri-Cities.

"About a month later, I got a great big box on my door,"

It was full of pictures, newspaper articles and a team uniform.

"I think it's a great asset to the Tri-Cities because the U-3 Miss Tri-Cities was owned by Ken Thompson and had been the only hydroplane unlimited that had been owned by a local person and I said okay lets keep it local here and let the local people enjoy it," Lepinski said.

Organizers at the Tri-Cities Water Follies Office hope to have the mannequin displayed at the new REACH center sometime in the next two weeks.

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