The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 17, 2012

Fairgrounds will become campground for bikers

Sandra K Reabuck

EBENSBURG — Fun-filled events, music and hot showers are just some of the attractions for the fifth annual BikeFest being held at the 73-acre Cambria County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Thunder in the Valley festivities.

The BikeFest is sponsored by the Cambria Summit and Blair County chapters of Pennsylvania ABATE – Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education – which promotes safety and encourages favorable legislations for motorcyclists.

The campsites, which will be available starting Wednesday, cost $5 a day, or $15 for the weekend, Carol Lange of Duncansville, Cambria Summit president, said.

“We’re an over-21 (age) campground. We’ll have bike games, food vendors, tattoo artists and on-site beer sales. Free hot-showers and indoor bathrooms are available. We’re going to have a lot of fun, so come join us,” Lange said.

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Several bands will be making appearances.

Never Enough will perform Thursday; King Biscuit Trio and Sunset Strip, both on Friday; and Deuce (a KISS tribute band) and Sour Mash, both on Saturday.

For the fairgrounds, the event produces some badly-needed revenues, office manager Pat Fyock said.

“We rent them the grounds, and they do everything. It’s been a very positive experience with no problems, and it brings a lot of visitors to town,” Fyock said.

They said that the location is close not only to downtown Ebensburg, where the Wheels & Wings events will be held Thursday, but other Thunder events in Johnstown and nearby communities.

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