‘An iconic event:’ 56th annual Water Follies brings in nearly $3 million dollars

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Despite the sweltering heatwave, around 60,000 fans and spectators flocked to the Columbia River shoreline to participate in the 56th annual Water Follies over the weekend.

Hector Cruz, the vice president of sports development for Visit Tri-Cities, said officials were “very pleased with the crowds.”

“It’s just awesome to have this iconic event here once again in the Tri-Cities,” Cruz said. “[It] meant a lot for not only the board but the whole Tri-Cities.”

Cruz said officials “anticipated about $2.8 million dollars in visitor spending.”

“Those dollars stay here in the Tri-Cities,” Cruz said. “It’s just a significant impact for all of those here locally.”

Although the heat did affect the general admission “a little bit,” Cruz added that “the private viewing areas were sold out.”

Even though volunteers and other workers finished clearing the event Monday morning, Cruz said they are already starting to think about the future.

“We’re ready to start planning for the next event for 2023,” Cruz said.

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