PHOTO GALLERY | Thunder in the Valley | ‘Excited to be

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Kim Knupp and her Yamaha crew worked all working day Wednesday, unloading every type of motorcycle the company gives in preparing for demo rides at Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally.

This is the very first time the bicycle enterprise has been back again to the rally since 2019, and the crew is on the lookout ahead to the return.

“We’re incredibly psyched to be again,” reported Knupp, Yamaha’s national activities supervisor. “It’s generally been a optimistic working experience to be at the party.”

The Yamaha crew were being amongst dozens of sellers getting ready downtown for Thunder’s commencing on Thursday. The rally will operate by way of Sunday.

Location up food stuff and apparel booths and demonstration web sites, crews from close by and exterior the place pitched tents, constructed grills and hung attire all working day.

This yr, the Yamaha dealer is situated in the Suppes Ford Biker Shopping mall at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets. Knupp observed that the company is conveniently set up across from Five Star Powersports.

“We’ve obtained activity, the MTs, common street bikes,” Knupp reported. “We’ve bought all bases coated.”

From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday by way of Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, attendees can hop on Yamaha bikes and consider the devices for examination-drives. Protecting gear and an at minimum one particular-yr bike endorsement are necessary.

“I was instructed previous 12 months was quite large,” Jon Reid claimed. “We’re hoping this 12 months is heading to be more substantial.”

Reid is with Bailey’s Concessions and was planning 50-foot internet sites on Principal Road and Gazebo Park to market food items and drinks to rally website visitors. He stated everyone from his group is thrilled for a different year at Thunder.

“We enjoy it,” he mentioned.

Local resident Brian Buterbaugh waited in the shade on Wednesday to lend a hand to any vendor who desired it. Buterbaugh, a motorbike lover, has taken a week off to attend Thunder each individual summer months for additional than five many years now.

“I just get bored sitting down all around and came down right here to assist,” he stated.

Buterbaugh said the distributors are appreciative of any individual eager to aid. He spoke remarkably of the Johnstown rally and is fascinated in numerous activities scheduled between Thursday and Sunday, like the Beaverdale Hillclimb and a ride to the previous Cresson Sanatorium and SCI-Cresson internet site to examine the grounds.

‘Great display for us’

“This is just one of our favorites for the reason that it is close,” Teal Treasures operator Audrey Kromel reported. “It’s generally a good exhibit for us.”

The Blairsville seller specializes in men’s and women’s bike apparel and equipment, from shirts and belts to bandanas, hats and jewelry. Kromel reported she’s been setting up a booth at Thunder in the Valley for the previous six years and the rally generally has fantastic attendance.

“I’m looking for wonderful climate, big crowds, fantastic income,” she claimed.

Joshua Byers is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be arrived at at 814-532-5054. Follow him on Twitter @Journo_Josh.

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