Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The 11th annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally will kick off this Thursday in Johnstown and run until 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The event is set to draw well over 200,000 people.The rally will be held primarily in downtown Johnstown. A variety of entertainment events are scheduled including appearances by the Budweiser Clydesdales, an AC/DC cover band, and the signature biker baby contest. Lisa Rager, Executive Director of the Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau, says you don't need to ride a motorcycle to enjoy the rally. She says it's exciting just to come to see the bikes and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. The region expects to benefit economically from Thunder. Many of the bikers come from across the east coast and need lodging. Rager also says that bikers spend more money then regular visitors and tip well.