Boatnik booms to life today

A Boatnik Festival without the roar of racing jet boats gets under way in Grants Pass today and continues through Memorial Day Monday.

Today's events include a carnival and midway, open from noon to 11:45 p.m., a men's fastpitch tournament at 6 p.m., a hydroplane exhibition run from 3 to 5 p.m., bingo and the Grants Pass Marching Band from 5 to 8 p.m., a golf competition at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. All events take place at Riverside Park in Grants Pass, and many are free.

Other highlights of the weekend include drag and sprint boat exhibitions and the annual white-water hydroplane race on Monday. A parade is set at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Grants Pass Active Cub sponsors the annual event to raise money for youth programs.

Details: boatnik.com.

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