Getting ready for some ‘thunder’

WINTERSVILLE — The final countdown is on for the 21st-annual Thunder in the Ville celebration.

The event is scheduled Friday and Saturday at Indian Creek High School, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Friday. The musical line-up will begin at 5 p.m. that day.

“Main Street Dance will open up the event from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by a performance by Friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Brenda Casey Dance Center dancers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” said event Chairman Tom Straka. “The Yankee Gray Band will finish out the night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.”

Musical and dance performances will continue early Saturday afternoon and into the night. Gates will open at noon.

“The opening ceremonies, including the national anthem performance, prayer and speech from Mayor Bob Gale, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday,” Straka explained. “Roz ‘n Lynn will take the stage from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Buffington Brothers will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the New Silver Eagle Band will close out the event from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

Straka added the fireworks show, provided by American Fireworks, will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Food vendors for the event will include fare such as popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, sloppy joes, ice cream and steak hoagies, as well as Mexican and oriental foods.

Train rides again will be available for a fee during the festival along with a number of games for kids. New this year to the event is a dunk machine.

For information about the event, contact Tammy Straka at (740) 264-5507.