Stunt bikes join Stars and Stripes fest

STEUBENVILLE – Brian Cunningham will be looking for a lot of noise when he arrives at the Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival on June 30.

Cunningham and two other riders from the Dialed Action Sports Team will bring their bikes and ramps for two shows at the Harding Practice Field Family Fun Zone.

“We like to pump the crowd up as we get ready to do stunts with our BMX bikes. We will want noise from the crowd because the more noise we hear the better we perform and the stunts get even more creative,” Cunningham explained.

The 31-year old bike stunt rider from State Park, Pa., said the Family Fun Zone crowd will see two 35-minute shows during the festival at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Dialed Action Sports Team show is sponsored by Jim Davis Enterprises.

“I have been been doing this since I was 15 years old. Now it’s my career. We do a lot of school assemblies, fairs and festivals, and I am looking forward to being in Steubenville on June 30,” said Cunningham.

“I started doing this when a friend invited me to join him at a skate park. I had never been there but we took our bikes and started riding on the ramps. That first day I was terrible. But I liked it and I went back to the park over and over until I was doing tricks with my bikes,” related Cunningham.

“We will be doing back flips, tail whips, 360s, supermans and countless other tricks that include gravity- defying BMX bike stunts. And we will be asking for a few brave volunteers from the audience to join us on the ramp. We strategically place the volunteer at the top of the ramp and then ask them to carefully sit still while we do tricks just inches away from them. But everyone has fun and enjoys the show,” declared Cunningham.

Cunningham said there will be two ramps

“Many of our riders have competed in the Dew Tour, X-games and various other contests around the world. These are professional stunt riders who enjoy performing for a loud and responsive crowd. So please be ready to yell, cheer and let us know if you like our show,” said Cunningham.

Activities in the Family Fun Zone, which is sponsored by the Fort Steuben Mall, are free and open to the public starting at noon. The area will include numerous food and nonfood vendors as well as child- and family-oriented activities.

A beer garden presented by Iron City Distributing and Choice Brands of Ohio will be available in the Hollywood City Center parking lot.

While afternoon activities will center around the practice field and Hollywood City Center, the focus of the festival will shift in the late afternoon to Harding Stadium, where the Joseph Sisters of Wheeling will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The Todd Jones Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and Phil Vassar will headline the evening concert starting at 8:30 p.m.

Concert Promoter Ron Brown has said Vassar will perform approximately 75 minutes.

At the end of Vassar’s show, Steubenville’s annual fireworks display will begin, making Harding Stadium and the area around Hollywood City Center the perfect location to watch the display.

“If you are not a Phil Vassar fan when you enter the stadium I guarantee you will be when you leave,” promised Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival Committee Co-Chair John Cucarese.

Hollywood City Center and the Jefferson Count Chamber of Commerce are major sponsors of the event.

Sue Hershey, chamber president, said tickets for the Stars and Stripes Concert are on sale at Kwik King stores in Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Follansbee and Weirton. Tickets also are available at Peoples National Bank branches in Adena, Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant; the customer service center at the Fort Steuben Mall; the visitors center at Historic Fort Steuben; at the chamber office at 630 Market St., Steubenville; or online at

General admission tickets are $15 and reserved seat tickets are $20 if purchased in advance. On the day of the concert, general admission tickets will cost $20 and reserved seat tickets will be $25. Hershey added that the show will be presented rain or shine.