"Full Kilt" @ Thunder in the Valley 2008 @ Johnstown, PA - June 29, 2008 - Nikon D60 - Mark Teicher
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.
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.
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 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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