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"Pictures with Michelle" @ "Thunder in the Valley" @ Johnstown, PA
June 27, 2008
2008 Johnstown "Thunder in the Valley" 11th Anniversary
June 26 - 29, 2008
Johnstown's annual Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally is held the fourth weekend in June. While the City of Johnstown serves as the hub of the rally, related events take place throughout the entire Johnstown Region.
Maps of scenic rides, the official program book, visitors guides and attraction brochures are available the welcome tent which is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest book and place a stick a pin in the large U.S. map indicating their town of origin.
Vendors offering a variety of leather products, cleaning products, helmets, stickers, accessories, jewelry and other goods will be located in three downtown areas, including Central Park, lower Main Street, and parking lots adjacent to the train station. Central Park and the Train Station will also have live musical entertainment with bands playing rock, oldies, blues, country and jazz.
The rally attracted the participation of many local motorcycle dealers including Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph and BMW. Many will host their own events at their dealerships. Several manufacturers have more recently become involved with the event. In 2007, Harley-Davidson, Yamaha and KYMCO offered new product displays and demo rides.
As Thunder in the Valley® grows, so does its popularity. The rally is taking the east coast "by storm." A Rider magazine writer recently said, "This rally has spirit...they make you feel welcome in every way!"
The Johnstown Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages bikers to come to Johnstown earlier in the week because there are many tourist attractions worth visiting and numerous scenic roads to ride.
Attractions in downtown Johnstown include the Johnstown Flood Museum, which tells the shocking story of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889, in which 2,209 people were killed when a 40-foot high wall of water and debris traveled 14 miles through the valley into Johnstown, sweeping away everything in its path. The Academy Award winning documentary "The Johnstown Flood" is shown hourly.
The Johnstown Inclined Plane features cable-pulled cars that transport visitors along a track up the steep mountainside for a sweeping view of the city and valley below. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this engineering marvel is the World's Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane, which means that it can transport cars and motorcycles as well as people. At the top of the Inclined Plane, visitors will find a gift shop and visitor center with exhibits that provide a panoramic view of the city.
Just west of downtown Johnstown is the Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown's newest museum. The Discovery Center tells the story of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and settled in Johnstown, where they labored in the mills and mines, built their nationality churches and a new life for themselves and their families.
The natural beauty of the Johnstown region is an attraction in and of itself, where its winding back roads lure bikers seeking great rides from spring through autumn or until the snow falls.
Johnstown is located about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh and is accessible from state routes 219, 56, 403, 22, and 271.
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