Carnival rides, boat races, games, a parade and food booths. Held as a fundraiser by the Grants Pass Active Club proceeds benefit the entire community. Be sure to take time to enjoy the adult fast pitch softball tournament, a great time for the whole family. For more information, please visit the Boatnik website.
The activities start Thursday evening in Riverside Park with the Davis Shows Carnival featuring food, rides, games and family fun. The excitement continues Friday which includes a spectacular fire works display on the river. Saturday morning features the well-known Boatnik parade that travels through downtown 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 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. Thousands of locals and visitors from around the world come to share the tradition and unique experience of Boatnik.
All funds raised by the Grants Pass Active Club from Boatnik are returned to the community by supporting local children and youth programs. Donations are made to: individual children, the 4H program, the Boys and Girls Club, the DARE Program, Girl and Boy Scouts of America, Pop Warner Football, American Little League Baseball, youth soccer programs, high school scholarships, local parks and school programs.