By Pat Bywater
There will be a little extra thunder for Thunder in the City on Aug. 2 as an anonymous donor is sponsoring a fireworks show.
The fireworks, which have been sponsored anonymously for three years, will launch at about 9:30 p.m. from the Seco-Warwick parking lot off the French Creek Parkway and will be visible across Meadville. In case of rain on Aug. 2, the fireworks will go off at the same time Aug. 3.
The fifth annual classic car and motorcycle festival has another new feature for Friday, Aug. 2, in the Channellock Challenge motorcycle show. Bikers are urged to come to downtown Meadville before the free, open to the public Porcelain Bus Drivers concert at 6 p.m. and register their bikes for the competition. Parking will be available in lots off Park Avenue next to Mickey’s Central Fire Station.
Awards will be presented in the following categories: best metric, best custom, best stock and people’s choice. Winners will be announced during the intermission of the concert and after the concert, which will be held on a stage set up near the Pit Stop bar on Park Avenue.
Lang Motors at Park Avenue and North Street also hosts a classic car cruise-in on Aug. 2 starting at 5 p.m. and vendors will line Chestnut Street offering a variety of food and wares.
New on the second and final day of the event, Aug. 3, is a Corvette parade that will leave Community Chevrolet on the Conneaut Lake Road around 10:30 a.m. right behind motorcycles starting from Street, Track n’ Trail participating in the Third Annual Rusty Hanaway Memorial Bike Parade. The Corvettes and bikes will ride into town and have been a popular spectacle as viewers line Park Avenue.
Classic cars will be on display around Diamond Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with open voting for honors in various categories. Vendors will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. along Chestnut Street. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. COOL 101.7 FM’s Do Wopp Diner Show broadcasts live from downtown and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a kids’ zone with free activities will be set up in Diamond Park. At noon The Grayhounds play on the Park Avenue stage, followed by Splitting Charlie at 2.
At 3 a bike run leaves from Mickey’s for a trip out to the Pymatuning Spillway and back with the Familiar Spirit Band playing at the stage downtown at 5, followed by Rick and the Roadhouse Rockers at 7.
For more information about The Fifth Annual Thunder in the City classic car and motorcycle event, visit the website of organizer Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce at meadvillechamber.com and click on the featured events link.