TIRE HILL —
Motorcycle riders from across the country will invade Greenhouse Park this weekend for “Thunderbash.”
As many as 20,000 bikers are expected Thursday through Sunday to coincide with Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown.
The park is located on state Route 403 three miles south of Johnstown in Conemaugh Township.
The event is sponsored by Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) chapters in Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.
“We try to put on a good event,” said Mark Walker, spokesman for the Somerset chapter.
Because so many people turn out, there is no guarantee enough parking spaces for cars and trucks will be available, he said.
“It’s pretty much to capacity,” Walker said. “At times we have to put a limit on cars and trucks coming in. We don’t have room for them.”
Thunderbash includes biker games, bands, beer, food and a wet T-shirt contest.
Event organizers plan guided motorcycle tours to the nearby Flight 93 National Memorial and the Quecreek Mine rescue site in Somerset County.
Motorcycles park for free, and cars and trucks park for $10.
Camping is $20.
Thunderbash is the largest fundraiser of the year for the three ABATE chapters, Walker said.
The money goes toward funding charity runs throughout the year, he said.
For more information about ABATE and Thunderbash, log on to www.abatepa.org.
CamTran offering reduced fares
CamTran is showing its support for Thunder in the Valley by offering reduced fares during the four-day event.
From Thursday through Sunday during normal operating hours, bus rides will cost 50 cents. Transfers will be free on urban and rural fixed route buses.
The reduced fare does not include the Inclined Plane.
Thunder in the Valley schedule for today:
• 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Zepka Harley-Davidson Dealership, 960 Eisenhower Blvd., Richland Township, numerous vendors and extended service hours.
• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Zepka Harley-Davidson Pre-Owned, 850 Scalp Ave., Richland Township, classic and antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
• 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. - DJ XCON, Woodside Bar & Grill.