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May 16, 2014

Thunder set to roll through New Albany on Saturday

More than 200 motorcycles are expected to participate in event

NEW ALBANY — Thunder will be rolling through New Albany on Saturday, but it will have nothing to do with the weather.

For the second-straight year, the American Legion Bonnie Sloan Post 28 Riders will be participating in the Thunder Through New Albany motorcycle ride. Last year was the first for the event as part of the city’s Bicentennial celebration, and was such a success that Don Harshey, who is one of the organizers, said the Legion Riders wanted to bring it back again this year.

Saturday also is Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

“It was really a fun event and we hope it gets bigger each year,” Harshey said. “A lot of people last year didn’t know about it.”

The cost to ride a motorcycle in the event is $15, and an extra $5 for a passenger. The money raised will go to help veterans in the community through the VA Hospital and the Floyd County Veterans Court.

The motorcycles will have a police escort through several city streets. Motorcyclists will leave the American Legion post, at the corner of McDonald Lane and Grant Line Road at noon, and 90 minutes later will stop at the American Legion Post 42 in Floyds Knobs.

Anyone can participate. Registration is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bonnie Sloan Post. Breakfast will be served starting at 9 a.m. for an additional $5.

Last year, 125 motorcycles participated and Harshey is hoping for 200 Saturday.

“It’s a fun event. I hope we get a lot of people out to ride and to watch us along the route,” Harshey said. “With the police escort, we don’t have to worry about stoplights and stop signs. We just want to get a lot of people to sign up and ride.”

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