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As cost saving, Water Follies may eliminate Unlimited Lights racing

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Water Follies organizers say they're closer to their funding goal, but still need a lot more sponsorships before the end of the month to make the races a go.

Water Follies says they're only 55% of the way toward their funding goal, because of that, they may have to cut certain things from the event.

The races cost about $760,000.

To cut those costs, they're seriously considering cutting the Lights out of the races.  Those are the smaller, slower boats that cost a lot of money to bring here, but aren't nearly the draw of the Unlimiteds.

They say that should help them cut costs and get closer to their goal.

"We're getting close to the deadline and you know we're making significant progress, community leaders have stepped up and we're really excited about the prospect," said Kathy Balcom, President of Water Follies.

If the Lights races are dropped, another Lights race is being planned for Richland, so they'd still be here.

If the sponsorships aren't there by the end of the month, they say they'll have to cancel.

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