GET READY FOR THUNDER

Weekend biker event slated for Sept.16-17

Cottonwood will welcome the motorcycle rally, presented by the Law Tigers, Arizona’s Motorcycle Lawyers, and close down the street for bike-only parking for the weekend party. (VVN file photo)

Cottonwood will welcome the motorcycle rally, presented by the Law Tigers, Arizona’s Motorcycle Lawyers, and close down the street for bike-only parking for the weekend party. (VVN file photo)

COTTONWOOD - Bikers will take a slow ride into Old Town and take it easy for the 16th annual Thunder Valley Rally Sept.16-17, with Molly Hatchet and Foghat topping the bill for the Main Street Stage.

The Bootleg Capitol of Arizona will welcome the motorcycle rally, presented by the Law Tigers, Arizona's Motorcycle Lawyers, and close down the street for bike-only parking for the weekend party.

Events and Attractions

Attendees can enjoy both the Law Tigers Main Stage and Joe Hall Stage for a rocking experience. Sept. 16's concert lineup includes Lane Change, Christopher Robin Band, Whiskey Rodeo, Dog of the Moon, Llory McDonald, and Molly Hatchet. Sept. 17's lineup's includes Broken Toys, 74th St. Band, Mogollon, The Mods, Dog of the Moon, and Foghat. There will also be a Main Stage After Party.

Other attractions will include beer gardens, vendors, a bike raffle, and a "Bootlegger Poker Run." The run will take participants on an enthusiastic ride through the Verde Valley Wine Country for $2,000 in prize money, sponsored by Cottonwood Motorsports.

The Miss TVR Pin-up Pageant will be presented by Main Stage. Ladies wishing to enter can register online to get professional photos taken and compete for cash prizes.

The Kickstand Campground at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds will offer craft beer, a bike rodeo, a biker swap meet, and a pancake breakfast and Sunday service. Onsite camping will be available as well.

Local Support

The TVR Committee and the Cottonwood City Council have chosen to support the Military Service Park (located within Garrison Park) that just broke ground last week. The Park's mission is to honor military veterans of the United States of America who currently live in the Verde Valley, have lived in the Verde Valley, or have Verde Valley connections and have honorably served their country.

The TVR Committee and City Council have also chosen Steps to Recovery as a featured charitable organization, whose mission is to provide a safe environment, free from any illicit drugs or alcohol, for people with substance abuse issues.

"We focus on behavior modifications and are dedicated to consistency, structure, and direction in our homes. We are passionate about our own recovery and want to help others find peace," states Steps to Recovery literature.

If You Go:

• When: Sept. 16-17

• Where: Old Town Main Street in Cottonwood

• Parking: Street parking for motorcycles is $10 cash, includes entrance to the concert area.

• Bike Passes: Can also be purchased at D&K Cycles, Cottonwood Motorsports, or Grand Canyon HD locations Sept. 14-17 before entering the Old Town checkpoints. No bike? Main concert area entrance is a $5 cash

Time: Concerts begin each day at 5 p.m. for national acts.

About the Rally

The intent of the rally is to support local businesses, define the Verde Valley as a destination, and to showcase the attractions that the Verde Valley has to offer. Visit www.thundervalleyrallyaz.com for event updates.

TVR is sponsored by The Law Tigers; Budweiser; Red Rock Collision; Grand Canyon Harley Davidson; Pepsi; Larry Green Chevrolet; Yavapai Broadcasting; Chevrolet; Burning Tree Cellars; Nice Jons; ANE; CAT; Copper Art Museum; Yavapai Fence Company; Arizona Biker; Red Rock Western Jeep Tours; Affinity RV; D&K Service; Taylor Waste; Cottonwood Motorsports; 93.9 the Mountain; Stout Tent; Walmart; 100.7 KSLX; Indian Motorcycle; Old Town Cottonwood Association; Suzy Q; Northern AZ Equipment; Cycle & ATV; Modified Motorcycle Association; and Main Stage.

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