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dot newswatch 12's mari nelson joins us now live from riverside park. on newswatch 12 at 5 she told us about how taprock northwest grill is preparing for this weekend. mari -- you also spoke to a business downtown and they told you what boatnik means for them. here at the festival you can see just how many people boatnik is bringing into the area. with all these people, i wanted to find out just how much the crowds impact businesses. one business owner downtown tells me he sells way significantly more on the single day of the boatnik parade than any other day of the year. "we'll probably do 3 or 4 times the amount that we would on a regular saturday. maybe even 5 times depending on the weather if it holds." jack smith owns blind george's newstand in downtown pass. he's been through more than 20 boatniks, and says it's hands down the best day for his business. and they've been prepping all week. more popcorn to sell means more staff on duty. his business has been so successful because of boatnik that this year, his some of his popcorn is going toward a good cause [a22]boatnik preps and community impact-sotvo2 "what they're doing this year for a fundraiser is selling our popcorn in the park, friday, saturday and sunday." jack says the money goes toward the active club, an organization that helps youth in southern oregon. if you wanna grab some popcorn or ice cream from blind george's this weekend, he says you may see the line out the door. [a23]boatnik preps and community impact-live tag if you weren't able to come out to the festival tonight, it's alright, it will be set up here all the way through monday. there's something for the whole family. live in grants pass, mari nelson, newswatch 12. you can