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Water Follies Runs Into More Problems

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The three Tri-Cities City Councils approve a grant for the Water Follies, but now, organizers say they've hit a new funding snag.

They had thought that the grant would push them over their goal, but now they've discovered new debts that pushed that goal higher.

That means a title sponsor is almost essential to make sure the races happen this summer.  Organizers say they're hoping to close a deal for that by the end of the week, and then they should have a final decision on whether or not the boats will hit the river.

"Unfortunately in the last couple of weeks we've discovered some debts and some past due bills that we didn't know existed, so we're going to have to continue to fundraise to be able to cover those expenses," said Kathy Balcom, President of the Tri-City Water Follies. 

Nothing's been finalized with the airshow yet either, but they say it will happen, and they haven't set the race schedule.

They're also trying to accumulate enough funding so that next year's races aren't up in the air.  They want to make sure 2008 doesn't end up with a rush like they've had to put on this year.