Boatnik - Grants Pass, OR
Monday Memorial Day
Since 1959, the Active Club has hosted "Boatnik", a free event in Grants Pass, OR.
The activities start Thursday evening with the Davis Shows Carnival featuring food, rides, games and family fun.
The excitement continues Friday with the concert, a spectacular fireworks display on the river, midway vendors, and the carnival.
Saturday morning features the well-known Boatnik parade that travels through downtown Grants Pass and ends at Riverside Park.
Throughout the weekend the festivities continue in the park where there are a whirlwind of activities that include: Sprint and Drag boat racing, carnival rides, arts and crafts, Papa John's pizza eating contest, children's activities, Bingo, food vendors, Monday Sundaes, the Boatnik Brewfest, the Chevy Drive It Home Golf Shoot Out and a second night of patriotic fireworks.
Monday is the highlight of Boatnik featuring the World Famous Tom Rice Memorial White Water Hydroplane Race, the Memorial Day Service, and a jet flyover.
The Grants Pass Active Club is a non-profit organization that contributes to the youth of Southern Oregon. Since 1959, The Grants Pass Active Club has held Boatnik every Memorial Day weekend along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon. Boatnik is one of two fundraisers for this group of volunteers and takes all year to plan.
All funds raised by the Grants Pass Active Club from Boatnik are returned to the community by supporting local children and youth programs. The club has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 50 years. The members quietly support their community by bringing Oregon's second largest festival to the shores of Riverside Park and the Rogue River.
Multiple Boatnik Winners
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