Speed, excitement and smiles return to northern Michigan for the 11th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run. This unique boating event showcases high performance boats, slicing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 150-mile excursion.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, July 11: All day – Watch the Offshore Thunder boats arrive at the Boyne City Marina.
1pm: Thunder boat ride for Camp Quality Michigan Kids
6-10pm: Stroll the Streets of downtown Boyne City. This special evening features great music, a display of Boyne Thunder boats and classic cars and lots of fun.
6pm: Dinner for boater at Veterans Park.
8:30pm: Stereo Wars, Boyne City Marina.
Saturday, July 12: All Day – Fun and Excitement by the water and shopping in Boyne City
8am: Farmers Market at Peninsula Beach.
9:30am: Parade lap begins for the 11th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run. There are 3 parade laps. Watch the start of this spectacular event from Veterans Park.
11:30am: The Lake Charlevoix Champagne Cruise begins. The cruise features hors d’oeurves and beverages, and a chance to greet the boaters at the final card stop. $100; call Jeff at 231.582.2400 to make your reservation.
2-4:30pm: Boaters’ Reception at Sommerset Pointe, $10. A great chance to see the boats and enjoy an afternoon.
7pm: Thunder Feast by the Lake and Benefit Auction.
Since it began, Boyne Thunder has raised more than $265,000 for Camp Quality and it has become an important part of the camp’s success. Boyne Thunder has also partnered with Challenge Mountain, a local non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation. Adaptive programs include skiing biking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
Boyne City is on the southern end of Lake Charlevoix on M-75, just off US-131.