SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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Page 18 of 59 February 2017 19 t SPECIAL Feature Enjoy Kennewick Despite the state of Washington's reputation for rain, you can find plenty of sun in Kenne- wick, also known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country. More than 200 wineries take advantage of the mild climate that also allows visitors to experience local fun like paddling, fishing or water skiing on the Columbia, Yakima and Snake Rivers. You can relax in the Kennewick Three Rivers Entertainment District or take a ride on the 102-year-old, fully restored Gesa Carousel of Dreams at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex. If golf is your game, 10 golf courses give you the chance to spend a sunny day on the links. "If you're here for a sports tournament, why not extend your stay a day or two and take advantage of all that the Tri-Cities has to offer," said Kris Watkins, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. "The Tri-Cities is very family friendly and after the tournament play wraps up it's always nice to relax in our 300 days of sunshine! Enjoy a dinner cruise, go paddle boarding or kayaking on the Columbia River, hike Badger Mountain, take a bike ride on the 23-mile Sacagawea Heri- tage Trail, play a round of golf or enjoy an outdoor concert or movie at one of our riverside parks." n C O M E F O R T H E S U N . S TAY F O R T H E F U N . rise, and a 2016 survey of parents by TD Ameritrade that focused on youth sports spending reported that parents make significant concessions to fund their children's activities. In the survey, 40 percent of parents said they will take fewer vacations to pay for youth sports. The amount of money spent on youth sports can have a big impact on the family budget, and that survey showed that 63 percent of parents spend up to $500 per month per child on youth sports while one in five — that's 20 percent — spend more than $1,000. That's money that could have been spent on vacations. The survey also showed that of the money spent on youth sports, travel expenses account for 71 percent of that budget, easily the biggest area of spending. With the bulk of the youth sports budget committed to travel, the lure of a vacation destination becomes that much more appealing. ► Gesa Carousel of Dreams at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex

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