Committee reports TVR 2017 biggest yet; split venue experiment a thunderous success

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VVN/Vyto Starinskas

“It came to fruition. We outgrew Old Town,” said Mitch Levy.

The Thunder Valley Rally committee, still basking in the afterglow, says the split venue was a success.

Although some were hesitant at first, it appears that holding concerts at Riverfront Park was a hit. Feedback so far, said the committee, has been positive.

The grassy spread provided better acoustics, shade, and space. Although official numbers haven’t trickled in yet, the committee agreed that this was the largest turnout to date.

Also new this year were the demographics. It’s become more family-friendly, said Deb Althouse. It’s an event for all ages, she said.

More children, and even dogs, attended this year. A variety of activities and vendors kept attendees occupied throughout the day. And the campers were happy.

While last year’s event was rather toasty at times, the lush landscape of the Park kept things cool. The weather was noted to be perfect.

There is no official word if this will be the new incarnation of Thunder Valley Rally for years to come.

But the smiles on each committee member’s face hint that it could be.


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brice 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Move the entire venue to the park. There is no need to burden the Old Town merchants with attracting the "wrong crowd" to the area. There are wonderful places to eat and drink throughout Cottonwood who welcome people like me who travel 2 1/2 hours to spend money at this event. And they keep their regular menus and prices too. The Park was a great venue and except for the few event vendors that I had to search for in Old Town, I was happy to stay there. The only complaints I heard were about having vendors elsewhere and the lack of iced drinks. I think the entire event should be located in one place.