On April 9th, 2020, the organizers from the Thunder Valley Biker Rally, made the following announcement:
We are unfortunately announcing the cancellation of PolkaFest and Thunder in the Valley for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PolkaFest was scheduled for May 29-31 at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. Thunder in the Valley was scheduled for June 25-28 in downtown Johnstown. Visit Johnstown produces PolkaFest in partnership with St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church.
❗Both PolkaFest and Thunder will return in 2021❗
“The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted our local tourism industry and our organization’s revenue streams, making it impossible for us to proceed with our events this year,” Visit Johnstown’s executive director, Lisa Rager, said. The organization is largely funded through Cambria County’s 5% lodging tax, while the events are funded through sponsorships, vendor fees, beer and liquor sales, and official merchandise sales.
“We know how much our events contribute to the economy of the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area, and my team and I are beyond disappointed that we are not in a position to deliver that benefit this year, especially when our community will need it the most,” Rager said, adding, “We look forward to bringing our team back when we’re able, and resuming the work of promoting Johnstown and Cambria County as a destination for visitors, as well as planning for PolkaFest and Thunder for next year.
Rally goers who purchased passes for the premium viewing area for the Colt Ford and Hairball performances will be fully refunded through Eventbrite. Rager said her team is working to reschedule the feature acts for next year.
“I’d like to thank my team at Visit Johnstown who works so hard to promote our area and coordinate our events. We’re also appreciative of our many partners who work alongside us, and who have supported us for all of these years,” Rager said. “We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021.”
This year would have marked the 23rd year for both PolkaFest and Thunder in the Valley. 2021 event dates are June 4-6 for PolkaFest, and June 24-27 for Thunder in the Valley. We hope to see you then!!
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