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12th Annual Boyne Thunder Roars Into Northern Michigan

Benefit Boating Event Raises Money for Camp Quality and Challenge Mountain

Bigger than ever, the 12th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run brings speed, thunder, and excitement to northern Michigan on July 10 and 11 in Boyne City.

The poker run event showcases 110 high performance boats from all over the country racing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 130-mile excursion in search of the best poker hand. The Poker Run begins with a series of parade laps starting at 10 a.m. July 11 leaving from the Boyne City Marina. Veterans Park offers some of the best views for spectators. Card stops include Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, with a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix The Beautiful. Boaters wrap up their day on the water with a final card stop near Horton Bay and a reception at Sommerset Pointe. The day concludes with a dinner and an auction at Veterans Park where participants play their cards to see who has the best hand.

In addition to the Poker Run, the weekend offers activities galore in Boyne City, including a Friday night dinner for the boaters at the Veterans Park Pavilion and Stroll The Streets in downtown Boyne City.

The streets are closed to bring incredible displays of Boyne Thunder power boats and classic cars for people to see up close, with music on every street corner. Stroll the Streets runs from 6-10 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities include a sold out Champagne Cruise for people to get an up-close view of the spectacular boats aboard yachts generously donated for the day by area boat owners.

Boyne City is also home to the “best in the north” farmers market Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. Due to the buzz at Veterans Park from Boyne Thunder, the market moves to Peninsula Beach, another beautiful park on the shore of Lake Charlevoix, just a short distance from downtown.

Boyne Thunder is an important fund-raising event for Camp Quality, a non-profit organization serving children with cancer and their families providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost; Challenge Mountain, a non profit organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation; and the Boyne City Main Street Program.

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