Thunder in the Streets and the Downtown Cruisin' will take to downtown Jamestown streets on Friday.
"After months of planning we are anxious to see our hard work and these two events come to fruition," said Tiffani Conti, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. event and programming associate. "The Jamestown community and surrounding region have really taken hold of these two events and made them into signature summer attractions each year."
The 10th annual Thunder in the Streets will be from noon to 11 p.m. on the west side of the city. There will be live entertainment provided by Two for Flinching from noon to 3 p.m., Coal Train from 4-7 p.m. and The Bogarts from 8-11 p.m. All live performances will be held at Renaissance Square on the corner of West Third and Lafayette streets.
Members of the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20, organizing partner and participants, promote the 2013 Scenic Ride for 4-H during Friday’s Thunder in the Streets motorcycle event from noon to 11 p.m. Pictured are Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation director, and Lee Harkness, manager of the Erie-Lackawanna Gateway Station, with participating Corvettes in this year’s Downtown Cruisin, which will be from 5-11 p.m. Friday.
Team FMX will showcase three professional stunt shows at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on West Third Street in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will be collecting donations throughout each show to help continue the free, family-friendly events held in downtown each year.
A beverage garden will be provided by the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena along Lafayette Street including food and novelty vendors on-site.
The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 are hosting a scenic ride to benefit southern Chautauqua County 4-H programs in combination with Thunder in the Streets. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter parking lot, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown. The ride will begin at 2:45 p.m. around Chautauqua Lake and ending with a flag salute at the new Veterans Memorial Park on Logan Avenue at 4 p.m. An escorted bike parade will start at 4:15 p.m. and travel down West Third Street to Jefferson Street, where the parade will enter Thunder in the Streets. The procession will be led by any veteran riders followed by other participants. The fee will be $5 per driver and passenger. For more information and to register, call 450-6768. Registration forms are also available online at jamestownrenaissance.org.
Thunder in the Streets is sponsored by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Best Western Plus, Media One Group, Ziebart of Jamestown, Harley Davidson of Jamestown and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.
The 21st annual Downtown Cruisin' is presented by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the Der Kobbler's Automobile Association and will be from 5-11 p.m. Downtown streets will be lined with hundreds of custom-built, antique, and old fashioned trucks, cars and race cars.
Streets to be closed include Third Street between Prendergast Avenue and Spring Street, Spring and Washington streets and Cherry and Pine streets, between Second and Fourth streets. Downtown streets will begin to close at 3 p.m. to accommodate the hundreds of show vehicles that will be participating in the event. Washington Street will remain open. Alternative parking is available in the North Main Street parking ramp, Cherry Street parking ramp, Spring Street parking ramp and on-street parking on those streets outside the event closures.
Cruisin' registration is still open and recommended to ease driver check-in. There is a $5 donation to enter. Registration forms are available at jamestownrenaissance.org, on the Renaissance Corp. Facebook page or by calling 664-2477, ext 226.
Check-in and on-site registration will begin at 5 p.m. at the Jamestown High School parking lot on Foote Avenue in Jamestown. All vehicles must check in at Jamestown High School to receive their participant identification tag before being permitted to park in downtown. Vehicles will be on display from 5-11 p.m.
All drivers will receive a complimentary goodie bag for their participation.
Live music will be on the main stage at the corner of Third and North Main streets. Happy Days will perform from 5-7 p.m. and Night Shift will close out the evening from 8-11 p.m.
There will also be a performance by Collective Groove at the Infinity Arts Cafe at 7 p.m. Collective Groove combines Caribbean steel strums, a rhythm section and singers to create an interactive musical experience. The performance is free and features indoor and outdoor seating. The cafe is located at 115 E. Third St.
Several downtown restaurants will serve curbside during the cruisein, including Jones 212 Bakery, 212 Pine St., featuring its hamburger menu, including its bacon caesar, mushroom swiss, spicy buffalo, bacon blue and smokey barbecue burgers; and Cibo, located at the corner of West Third and Pine streets, with sandwiches, both sweet and spicy Italian sausages and hot dogs. Outdoor seating will be provided.
"We are excited to see our restaurants actively participating in the downtown events," Conti said. "These events provide a unique promotional opportunity to our downtown businesses and we encourage all of our retail and restaurant operations to open their doors, put out signs welcoming new and returning customers, and hand out promotional information to the thousands of patrons visiting downtown during these two events."
Downtown Cruisin' is sponsored by Shults Auto Group, Media One Group and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.
Volunteers are still needed to help coordinate the event. For more information, call Conti at 664-2477, ext 226.
For more information on either event, visit jamestownrenaissance.org.