Johnstown’s Annual Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally is back after being cancelled for the first time ever last year because of the Pandemic. The events kicked off on Thursday in Johnstown.
There are already hundreds of people gathered in Downtown Johnstown for this year’s Thunder in the Valley. After “Thunder in the Valley” was cancelled last Summer, Nancy and Tom Evock say they’re so excited that their Annual “Ritual” is back. Nancy & Tom Evock, Thunder in the Valley Participants saying: “You can feel the energy. You can feel the energy of everybody excited to get out. Everybody’s excited they’re on their bikes again and things are opened up.”
Thunder in the Valley is celebrating it’s 23rd year with events kicking off all over the region Thursday. In Johnstown, there’s food, live music, games, and contests until Sunday in People’s Natural Gas Park, Central Park, and other locations throughout the Downtown area. Lisa Rager, Executive Director of Visit Johnstown saying: “Over the course of the four days of the event and even the days leading up to it there just a lot of spending that occurs, not only in Johnstown not only in Cambria County but throughout the entire region. You know we’ve estimated before probably total economic region-wide impact is close to $20 Million.”
Organizers in Ebensburg hosted “Wheels and Wings” Thursday night to kick off Thunder festivities. Their annual event was modified last year because of COVID, so Organizers say they’re glad to bring the true event back. Danea Koss, Community Development Director saying: “It’s really great to be able to close the streets down, set up our wing vendors, bring in the cars, trucks, motorcycles, the live music. It’s really great to be able to do it again this year.”
Hundreds of people create rumbles of thunder over the weekend while making our cities look a little more like normal.
For more information on this year’s Thunder in the Valley, go to VisitJohnstownPA.com