EBENSBURG, Pennsylvania. Ebensburg’s Wheels & Wings restaurant offers hot wings, cool wheels and live music.
Thursday’s event kicks off Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley weekend.
“It’s nice to close some streets in our downtown area and let people roam around and see all we have to offer here,” said Danea Koss, director of community development for Ebensburg County.
“It’s nice to see that the city is alive. We had a great turnout last year and we hope to do the same this year.”
The event will begin with a meeting between 12 local restaurants and food vendors at 5:00 pm.
The jury will award the best wings, spicy wings, sweet and spicy wings, and the most creative wings.
“It really brings something special to the event,” Koss said.
“This is definitely an occasion to brag about the winning vendors and restaurants that have been selected and they are pleased to be recognized.”
Additional food vendors will line up from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm along West Semple Street offering freshly cut French fries, brisket, smoked ribs, spicy and sweet Italian sausages, pulled pork, halouski, wood-fired pizza, Philadelphia cheesesteak , chicken fingers, hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.
The Dauntless Volunteer Fire Company, Castle Pub, and Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will sell adult beverages.
Live entertainment will take place from 18:00 to 21:30 with local rock band Giants of Science on stage at Center and Sample Streets.
“They will suit the public well,” Koss said.
“They’re an up-and-coming ’80s band with a lot of fans, so we think the sound is going to be fun this year.”
Vehicle registration for the Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Show will begin at 4:30 pm.
The first 150 cars will be registered and the first 150 registered will receive dashboard plaques sponsored by Roundhouse Harley-Davidson.
Registration costs $10 and cars will enter Caroline and High Street.
Vehicles will be judged by class, including one class of trucks; three classes of bicycles – sport, cruiser and custom; and five classes of cars – up to 50s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and later.
Judges will award cups to the winners in each class, with the best show award going to one car, truck and motorcycle.
“We usually get a few hundred cars and it’s really cool to see all the different classes from the 50s to the present day,” Koss said. “People have fun walking around and this is a great opportunity for some of our local car enthusiasts and car clubs to get out and get together.
“This event has a huge following and we are just happy that people come year after year.”
The awards will be announced at 20:30 in the entertainment area.
In addition, the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will sell Wheels & Wings T-shirts with a new logo design and other merchandise at a kiosk on West Sample Street.
“This is our largest and most attended event in Ebensburg and we are excited to see people come out to support it,” Koss said. “There will be great food and great music, and it will be a great time to start the summer in the city center.”
First Student will operate free shuttle service to and from BikeFest at the American Legion Fairgrounds and downtown Ebensburg.
For more information, call 814-472-8414 or visit www.ebensburgwheels.com.