GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Boatnik packs Riverside Park and Downtown Grants Pass over the holiday week but it's more than just a good time. The kids volunteering their time to make sure the festival is successful end up with some of the money raised. Students in North Valley High School’s leadership class are sacrificing their three-day weekend trying to raise money.
“We volunteer our time so we can get money to go on a fun trip to Disneyland as a class," said sophomore Makenna Huff.
That’s how Josephine County youth organizations and groups get donations from the organization that puts on Boatnik, the Active Club. President Eric Hippler said Boatnik is the second largest festival of its kind in Oregon and the club's biggest way to generate money for those youth organizations trying to raise money themselves.
"People are starting to understand what Boatnik is all about. It’s about raising money for kids. People come here to enjoy themselves but also know there's a benefit to it," added Hippler. “Its very unselfish work that goes in but you see the joy of the people that you give back to. It's just amazing."
The 45 members of the Active Club said they just like giving back and showing their support to the community. Huff hopes her class can raise enough money to get to Disneyland this June.
“I’m excited to spend time with the class and all of my friends and get closer.”
Boatnik will continue throughout Memorial Day weekend. You can find a list of the different events here.