Old Town Cottonwood to 'Bring on the Thunder'

Estimated 10,000 bikers to ride into Old Town for 16th annual event

COTTONWOOD - The Bootleg Capitol of Arizona will welcome bikers to the 16th annual Thunder Valley Rally and close off Old Town Main Street for the Sept.16-17 weekend party.

"I think it is a valuable event to the region," said City Manager Doug Bartosh. Bartosh said the rally brings in a lot of tourism, and said it will be "a good weekend of fun, motorcycle riding, and music."

The Music

Attendees can explore 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 also will be a Main Stage After Party.

"The committee worked hard, and nailed the entertainment for this year," said Hezekiah Allen, Thunder Valley Rally Committee Staff Liaison and Aquatic/Special Events Supervisor for the City of Cottonwood.

Other Attractions

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.

Rally visitors can enjoy 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 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.

About the Rally

Nearly 10,000 bikers from across the Southwest attended last year's Thunder Valley Rally. The intent of the event 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.Thunder Valley Rally attendees tune into a concert during last year's event. The rally is sched

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