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Johnstown Motorcycle Rally Expected to Draw Crowds

Southwestern PA has experienced its fair share of thunderstorms recently, but Johnstown is expecting a very different type of thunder this weekend.

More than 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators are anticipated at the annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The rally includes four performance stages featuring country, blues, and rock musicians, with headliner band Foghat.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be returning, accompanied this year by a new event—the Budweiser Brewing Experience. Attendees will be able to learn more about the beer brewing process, from start to finish.

Lisa Rager, Executive Director of the Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the rally attracts bikers and non-bikers alike, and is something the whole family can attend.

“We’re recognized as one of the family friendly rallies,” said Rager. “We have a children’s area located near the library with things for them to do, and you really do see a lot of people with their families, with their kids. So we’re very proud of that fact.”

In the past, the rally has not caused any serious public safety concerns, according to Rager.

“We sit down with the Johnstown police department after the rally each year, and quite honestly, the report usually says that they are dealing with the same local folks that they deal with on a regular basis and that there aren’t any problems,” said Rager.

There will be vendors selling leather products, helmets, accessories, and other goods in several areas downtown. All events and concerts are free.