GRANGER - Granger's Hisey Park is known for its moniker "Where the dinosaurs roam." But this summer, it will also be known as "Where the hydroplanes roar."
Two model boat racing groups-Central Washington R/C Boats and R/C Unlimiteds-will stage races at the Granger park on various weekends this summer. In total, there will be more than dozen races.
The models are radio-controlled versions of the larger hydroplanes that race in the Tri-Cities each July as part of the Water Follies Columbia Cup.
To help promote the model boat races, the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association will have one of its full-size hydroplanes on display at Hisey Park on Friday, May 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. The hydroplane is 25 feet in length and is powered by a large displacement Chevrolet racing engine. Boats like these are capable of nearly 150 mph on the Columbia River.
The special display of the full-size hydroplane was brought about the combined efforts of Granger Mayor Ramona Fonseca, the Granger Chamber of Commerce, the Granger Parks Department, Central Washington R/C Boats and the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association.
The two days following the special Friday, May 16, display in Granger, the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association will be racing their full-size boats at Richland's Howard Amon Park.
In promoting the model boat racing events in Granger this summer, Tom Maggard of Central Washington R/C Boats said, "While the full-size boats are indeed faster, the models still provide the excitement and competition of full-size racing.
"The models are generally one-half to one-eighth scale versions of their larger counterparts, and go about 30 to 40 miles an hour," Maggard continued.
The next model boat race in Granger is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public, free of charge.
A complete schedule of this summer's model boat races can be accessed at www.cwrcboats.com.