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Water Follies Volunteer Numbers Up

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Water Follies is the area's premier sporting event, but without people volunteering to help out, nothing could happen.  This year officials say they've got even more people helping out.

From pit tours, to directing parking, people from all over the area are helping out.  About 600 volunteers turned out this year, an increase from previous turnouts.

"We are using more volunteer organizations this year. It's been a little bit difficult for us to get single volunteers this year, in comparison to years past," said Suz Levinskas, Water Follies President.

"But we always love it when people want to come out to the park and help us with this great event."

No one, from the Board of Directors to the guides, is paid.  Some of the groups donating time are getting donations though, making it a win-win for groups like the Kennewick High School Marching Band.

"We need money for entrance fees and for, to rent busses, to get us to there, cause like we have competitions in like Spokane and Seattle area," said Jessice Herring, a band member.

For an event that means so much to everyone in the area, it's a good thing people help out.

"It's huge to have this many volunteers here. This event could not run without all of it's volunteers," said volunteer Dan Ollero.

Even with the turnout, officials are always looking for more people.  To volunteer, go to www.waterfollies.com and print out a volunteer sheet.