What do 75,000 horses sound like screaming across the water at speeds exceeding 70 mph? BOYNE THUNDER. Starting out in nearby Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix, the 12th Annual Boyne Thunder is finally upon us this Saturday. But when you have that many incredible machines gathered in one place, the event cannot simply be contained in one day, so let me share with you my way to enjoy the festivities to the fullest.
Boyne City comes alive on Friday evenings all summer long with Stroll the Streets at 6pm as local artists and performers set up on corners around town sharing their craft with members of the community. The volume cranks up a few notches as participants of the Thunder put their sound systems to the test in Stereo Wars- if you thought the engines would be loud, just listen to the speakers and subwoofers!
Saturday kicks off at 9:30am with a parade lap - grab a good spot by Veterans Park and find your favorites from last night! Shortly after, the captains drop the hammer and unleash the raw power harnessed by these vessels rocketing out of Boyne city towards Charlevoix. To those unfamiliar, there is a NO WAKE zone connecting lake Charlevoix to Lake Michigan meaning that the boats must slow down to an idle before opening the throttle again out on the big lake.
Most boaters try to get out on the water and pick their favorite bay along the route to watch the Poker Run. Don't have your sea legs? Pick a beach, pack a picnic and sunscreen, and have a day by the water enjoying the sights and sounds of this great display of marine muscle.
Check out some of my favorite spots:
- Young State Park
- Glenwood Beach
- Whiting Park
- Veterans Park
- Ferry Avenue Beach
- Depot beach
- The Charlevoix Pier on Lake Michigan
To anybody thinking that this Poker Run is a display of burning money through fuel costs- this event is for charity raising more than $300,000 for Camp Quality Michigan thus far and also benefits Challenge Mountain. So in the words of Boyne Thunder... "Hear the Thunder, Help the Kids"
6pm- Stroll the streets and Street Show
8:30pm- Stereo Wars at the Boyne City Marina
9:10am- Swing by Veterans Park for parade lap and race start
10:30am- head out to your beach of choice and set up for a day by the water
Rest of day- kick back, relax, and listen for the thunder of the boats returning from the Lake Michigan
Thanks for reading, have fun out there, and have an awesome weekend!
Andy◂ Return to News & Updates