By Yessenia Anderson
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For five days now, Riverside Park in Grants Pass, has served as the location for all things Boatnik. Families have enjoyed boat races and carnival rides, but everything will come to an end Monday evening.
The Monday kick-off began with a salute to our fallen heroes. The ceremony was led by families of those who have served, including Sergeant Kenny Walker who officials say is recently back from Afghanistan where he was severely wounded by a grenade.
After a moment of silence, the crowd took to their favorite Boatnik staples, enjoying elephant ears, curly fries and, of course, the rides. A majority stuck around to watch the most famous Boatnik event: the hydroplane races are a tradition that dates back to 1959.
All funds raised by the Grants Pass active club from Boatnik will be used to help local children and youth programs. Some beneficiaries include the dare program, girl and boy scouts of America. Boatnik Officials say the vendors and rides will all wrap up at eight o’clock Monday evening.