GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Newswatch 12 team walked in the Boatnik Parade on Saturday. After it wrapped up, hundreds of people flocked to Riverside Park. It was full of visitors enjoying drag racing along the Rogue River, children enjoying a zipline, and others enjoying bull riding.
Organizers say the weather worked to the festival’s advantage Saturday. “It’s 70 degrees. It’s sunny. It’s not too hot, not too cold. The rain stopped. So yeah, we’ve got a lot of people in the park and every body is having a good time,” said Active Club member Jim Thompson.
Nearby businesses report a boost in customers because of Boatnik. Taprock Northwest Grill employees say more customers come by the restaurant because it’s located near several Boatnik events. Also, Wild River Brewing reported a boost in business because of Boatnik.
At the event, donations are made to several organizations including Individual Children, The 4H Program, The Boys and Girls Club, The D.A.R.E. Program, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, Pop Warner Football, American Little League Baseball, youth soccer programs, high school scholarships, local parks and school programs.
Boatnik continues through Monday.