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9/26/2013 3:47:00 PM
Thunder Valley Rally drew thousands downtown
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Police estimate more than 5,000 motorcyclists came through Old Town Cottonwood during the weekend.
VVN/Jon Pelletier
Police estimate more than 5,000 motorcyclists came through Old Town Cottonwood during the weekend.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- Over 5,000 motorcycle riders rode into Old Town Cottonwood last weekend for the Thunder Valley Rally, according to the city's special events coordinator Hezekiah Allen.

City Police Sgt. Cody Savage says according to police records from 5 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Sunday, police recorded a total of 54 stops. There was single DUI arrest at 11:54 p.m. Sunday but it involved a truck not a motorcycle. He says, "From what I've heard it was a pretty peaceful weekend and everyone had a good time.

Now the city is bracing for Verde River Day is this weekend and the city's next signature event, Rhythm & Ribs is set for Oct. 12, this year sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and combined with Beer-30 in the Verde.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Holly Mabery

What a great event for all of Cottonwood. Thousands of folks spending money in our town. Closing down main street is a minor inconvience to help show case our area and the businesses that took advantage of the visitors and many locals enjoying the event. Old Town is truly becoming a center hub for the community to enjoy from the farmers markets to large events like this.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Bubba From Cottonwood

Re: Maybe the bikers had a good time but ... Sounds like someone spent some quality time and took consensus of the old town Cottonwood residence. And came up with what seems to be a resounding agreement. I doubt that. I have several friends and their families who live in old town. They said they had a great time. Took advantage of being within walking distance of the TVR event. Someone is talking without the facts again. Don't you just love it!

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: 'Pity the poor people'- says not one of those people.

While not everyone's cup of tea it is telling that the only person to complain about it seems to not even have been there or live in the area?

Bitter much?

Consider that this event is 2-3 days out of 365. or roughly .8% of the year (.008x365=2.92) is it really worth the negative energy being spent on it?

There were no riots in the streets, no plundering or pillaging. In fact there seems to be more negativity coming from folks posting about it in the paper that never even attended or that don't even live there.

Maybe those folks could use a cold beverage of their choice and a nice concert to help unwind a bit, unless they enjoy being upset... in that case we saw a comment on another article that mentioned the 'pitchfork and torch' restaurant... sounds deliciously horrible and ironic.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Maybe the bikers had a good time but ...

... pity the poor people who live in or near Old Town. They had to endure nonstop racket from loud Harleys 3 straight days, plus the ear splitting amplification from the Leon Russell concert late into Saturday night.

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