Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally kicks off June 20

Johnstown, Pa., event is the sixth of eight stops on 2019 AMA National Gypsy Tour

AMA Press Release

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The 22nd Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally starts Thursday, June 20, in Johnstown, Pa., featuring scenic rides, motorcycle demo rides, food booths, vendors, live music, kids' activities and stunt shows.

The Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally features scenic rides, motorcycle demo rides, food booths, vendors, live music, kids' activities and stunt shows. Photo courtesy of Thunder in the Valley

The event is the sixth of eight stops on the 2019 AMA National Gypsy Tour, a series of premier road-riding events that includes some of the country's largest and best known motorcycle gatherings.

"Thunder in the Valley capitalizes on its beautiful setting and community energy to put on a first-class event each year," said AMA Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson. "AMA National Gypsy Tour events, like this one, provide a great opportunity for riders of all makes and styles of motorcycles to come together to enjoy friendship, food, entertainment, group and individual rides and quality vendors."

Organizers say the event, which began in 1998, draws more than 200,000 visitors to the area each year.

"We are pleased to be partnered again with the AMA as part of their National Gypsy Tour," said Olivia Wright Bragdon, event communication coordinator. "It's great exposure for our rally. Thunder in the Valley is celebrating our 22nd rally in 2019, and we are proud to have remained a free event after all these years."

AMA members who attend can show their AMA cards and get the official 2019 AMA Gypsy Tour pin at the Welcome Tent.

The AMA has been sanctioning Gypsy Tours since 1924. Originally overnight events with organized road rides and other activities of interest, motorcycle enthusiasts would converge on specific destinations. Gypsy Tours were staged in different parts of the country and typically occurred on the same weekend every year.

For more information about Thunder in the Valley, visit www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunder-valley.

Details about other events on the 2019 AMA National Gypsy Tour are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/GypsyTour.