March 24, 2022
Port of Whitman County
Port Opens K-5 Writing Contest in Honor of Boyer Park’s 50th Anniversary

The winner will receive a two-night getaway to Boyer Park & Marina

COLFAX — The Port of Whitman County invites K-5 students enrolled in Whitman County schools to participate in its Boyer Park 50th Anniversary essay contest. 

The writing prompt is “What do you love about Boyer Park & Marina?” The winner will receive a two-night getaway in one of the Boyer Park riverfront cabins and will have the opportunity to read his or her essay at the Snake River Family Festival Saturday, June 18. The second-place writer will receive a voucher for one pedal boat ride and two bike rentals, and the third-place writer will receive a $25 gift certificate to the park restaurant and store.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, April 29. Essays can be delivered in person or mailed to the Port’s Colfax office, 302 N Mill Street, or sent via PDF to The winner and two finalists will be announced May 12.

Kindergarten and first-grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Second and third-grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words. Fourth and fifth-grade stories must have a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 500 words. Illustrations are encouraged. Writers should include their name, grade, school and a parent or guardian's contact information on their submission.

Located on the historic Snake River 20 miles from Colfax, Boyer Park offers the only public marina in Whitman County. The 140-acre park features a sandy swimming beach, playground, paved pedestrian and bike trail, riverfront restaurant and more. The Port maintains the park as a free day-use facility, but overnight accommodations are also available through the Boyer Park KOA. They include 61 RV sites, four camping cabins, three tent sites and a four-room motel.

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The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.