For the fifth year in a row, downtown Jamestown will be roaring with action this weekend as motorcycles fill the streets.
No, the Hells Angels aren't setting up shop, it's the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation's Thunder in the Streets motorcycle rally.
''This weekend is looking very good. We have a great lineup of live entertainment and the stunt team is already getting great reviews,'' said Tiffani Reynolds, DJDC special projects manager. ''Families of all ages take to the streets during the rally.''
Local band Smackdab will headline Thunder in the Streets when they take the stage on Saturday July 12 from 8-11 p.m.
The PsychoBuells stunt team goes out of their way to please the crowds at every show.
If you've ever seen the PsychoBuells do what they do, you know this stunt may just be the opening act.
The stunt-team is bringing in some new riders for Thunder in the Streets 2008 and plans to entertain both die-hard and new fans alike.
Although the event is geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts, it does offer enough diversity through the music and live shows that any casual observer should be well entertained. This year's musical lineup includes performances by the Smackdab, Willow Creek, 3 Legged Dog, Shotgun Suite and others.
In addition to the live music, a variety of food, motorcycle and novelty vendors will be scattered throughout downtown, with the event headquarters as well as the beverage garden located at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. Souvenir T-shirts, patches and pins will also be available for purchase at Thunder in the Streets headquarters.
One of the biggest attractions of the event is the Pennsylvania-based extreme motorcycle stunt team, the PsychoBuells, who will take over Third Street and headline the event.
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THUNDER IN THE STREETS 2008
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
5:00PM to 11:00PM Vendors in the Streets 2nd & Lafayette Streets
5:00PM JSBIA Beverage Garden Opens Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena Patio
6:00PM Official Thunder in the Streets ''Kick Off with PsychoBuells Opening Stunt Show 3rd Street
6:00PM to 9:00PM Scenic Dice Run Registration Thunder Headquarters
7:00PM to 11:00PM ''3 Legged Dog
7:30PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
9:00PM 50/50 Drawing Main Stage
9:30PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2008
10:00AM to 11:00AM Scenic Dice Run Registration Thunder Headquarters
10:00AM to 11:00PM Vendors in the Streets 2nd & Lafayette Streets
11:00AM Scenic Dice Run Driver Meeting and Bike Blessing 3rd Street Stage
11:30AM to 4:00PM Scenic Dice Run Leaves from 3rd Street at Lafayette Street heading East.
This run is not a race. Take your time and enjoy the sights.
12:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
12:00PM to 3:00PM ''Willow Creek
2:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
4:00PM Checkpoint #5 Closes.
4:00PM to 7:00PM ''To Be Announced
4:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
5:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
5:30PM Scenic Dice Run Awards and 50/50 Drawing (Awards will be given when Band takes break.)
6:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street 8:00PM to 11:00PM ''Smackdab
8:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008
10:00AM to 5:00PM Vendors in the Streets 2nd & Lafayette Streets
11:30AM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
12:00PM to 2:00PM ''Infinity Performing Arts
1:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
2:30PM 50/50 Drawing Main Stage
3:00PM TO 5:00PM ''ShotGun Suite
3:00PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show 3rd Street
4:30PM PsychoBuells Stunt Show Finale 3rd Street
**ALL BAND PERFORMANCES, DICE RUN AWARDS & 50/50 DRAWSINGS WILL BE HEL ON THE 2nd STREET MAIN STAGE**
The stunt team performs on 400-pound, more than 100-horsepower Buell Firebolts provided by White's Harley Davidson Buell, in Lebanon, Pa.
''The PsychoBuells will bring a dazzling show of fun, flash, skills and thrills each and every time they ride. These guys work hard every show to give the crowd what they want and have been successfully delivering for five years,'' Ms. Reynolds said. ''This amazing stunt team is comprised of three of the finest riders in Central Pennsylvania, and performed for the first time in Jamestown in 2006. When the PsychoBuells are not performing shows, you can find them competing professionally in national stunt events. This team has been featured in over 10 nationally released films and magazines for their crazy motorcycle antics.''
The DJDC, which serves as event organizer and sponsor, invites all riders to participate in the 2008 Scenic Dice Run that will travel through Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The annual run is brought to Jamestown by the Southern Tier Riders Motorcycle Club from Kennedy. There is a $10 donation to enter and prizes will be awarded at the end of the run. The complete route and directions can be found at the DJDC Web site.
Thunder in the Streets is one of the annual signature events for downtown Jamestown as well as a fundraiser for the DJDC, whose mission is to revitalize downtown Jamestown. For a complete Thunder in the Streets schedule of events, visit www.discoverjamestown.com or contact the DJDC at 664-2477.