Let the countdown begin.
With Thunder in the Valley right around the corner, organizers are hoping to make this year’s event the best yet and are holding a launch party to get people in the mood for the motorcycle rally.
Countdown to Thunder will be held May 24 at Peoples Natural Gas Park and will feature music from Flood City Brass and comedy by Doug Meagher and Bo Moore.
“We’re doing this as a fundraiser, and all the money raised will go back into Thunder so we can continue to provide quality entertainment,” said Jayne Korenoski, director of advertising and sales/membership recruitment at the Greater Johnstown Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Gates will open at 7 p.m. with happy hour until 8, when the entertainment is set to begin.
“Doug and Bo are known in the area for their comedy, and they’ll be doing their show geared toward bikers,” Korenoski said. “Flood City Brass has come aboard at a next-to-nothing rate and are volunteering their time.”
In addition, there will be a basket raffle, and merchandise, food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
“We also hope bikers will bring their lighted bikes and park them inside the park to add to the atmosphere,” Korenoski said.
Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased at the visitors bureau, 111 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite A, Johnstown, or $10 at the door.
“We’re hoping to get a good turnout, and we’d love to see 500 people at PNG Park,” Korenoski said.
“It’ll be a fun night where people can get together and talk about Thunder, dance and listen to comedy at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.”
Thunder in the Valley will be held June 26 through 29 in Johnstown and surrounding areas.
Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.