By Mary Spicer
Let the thunder begin!
Thunder in the City, the fifth annual free classic car and bike show sponsored by Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, arrives today.
Drivers in Meadville should be aware that plans call for roads in a chunk of the city’s downtown business district to close down in advance of and during the event, which formally begins today at 5 p.m.
Think of the downtown business district as a giant corral, with traffic flowing along and outside the perimeter streets and closed down inside. Friday, the Thunder corral will be bounded by Arch, Market, Walnut and Main streets — all of which will remain open to traffic, according to Meadville Police Department Acting Chief Tom Liscinski.
For Saturday’s festivities, the eastern edge of the boundary will shift a bit farther east. While all roads inside the perimeter will be closed, the boundary will become Arch, Market, Walnut and Liberty streets, which will all remain open to traffic, according to Liscinski.
Dave Stone, who chairs the event for the Chamber, estimates that several hundred motorcycles, dozens of classic cars and as many as 15,000 people will be on hand for the weekend.
Vendors will set up tonight and Saturday along Chestnut Street from Diamond Park to Market Street and along Park Avenue near Chestnut Street between Clinton Court and West Cherry Alley.
Lower Chestnut between Market and Water streets will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend.
Plans call for motorcycles participating in Saturday morning’s third annual Rusty Hanaway Memorial Bike Parade to arrive in downtown Meadville via Park Avenue between 10:30 and 11 and park along Park and in lots north of Chestnut Street. The parade of Corvettes following the motorcycles into town will turn onto Chestnut Street and proceed to Diamond Park to park.
Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday; the rain date is Saturday, also at 9:30.
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.