Taking A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Show To Feature Vintage Vehicles

The fifth annual Thunder on the River car and motorcycle show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in downtown Columbia. Admission is free for spectators. More than 500 vehicles, including antique, classic, muscle, and custom cars, along with street rods, imports, and motorcycles, will be featured in the show, which is organized by the Columbia Lions Club and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC).

Vehicles will be lined up along Locust Street between Second and Sixth streets and in the Locust Street Park. All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome to participate. More than 100 trophies will be awarded, and each trophy winner will also receive a gift card. Interested individuals may call 717-684-5249 or visit http://www.parivertowns.com for registration information. Show participants are asked to bring two nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank.

Food will be available to purchase from local restaurants, churches, nonprofit groups, and vendors.

"Thunder on the River is held on the third Saturday in June, which is almost always the day before Father's Day," said Paul Resch, vice president of the Columbia Lions Club. "It's a really fun way to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, and father figures in our lives. You'll see a lot of father-son and grandfather-grandson projects on display."

Resch said that attending the show is a like taking a walk down memory lane - you might see the first car you ever owned, the one you steered as a kid while sitting on your mom or dad's lap, or the one you wish you would not have sold. "There's a lot of nostalgia with cars," Resch said. "They take us back to different times and places in our lives."

For the second year, the show will have a patriotic theme in honor of veterans and service members. An honor guard from Catholic War Veterans Post 1306 will march down Locust Street and display the United States flag at noon, after which the national anthem will be played. Vehicle owners will then rev their engines to simulate the sound of thunder on the river.

Local band the Kracker Beez will perform from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Children's activities will be offered at a Kids Pit Stop in the Locust Street Park gazebo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free crafts and snacks will be provided by the members of Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074. The Columbia Public Library will have story time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 181 from Ironville United Methodist Church will have a Pinewood Derby track set up for car racing. Columbia Borough Police bike officers will give away toy cars to children age 10 and under.

Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Public Library, a river trail mural project commissioned by Columbia Economic Development Corporation, the SVCC Visitors Center, and the Columbia Lions Club vision program.

SVCC works to raise the name recognition of the area while promoting local businesses and supports the Visitors Center as a gratis service for guests to the region. The Visitors Center is financed solely through membership dues and fundraising initiatives. Neither SVCC nor the Visitors Center receive any state or federal funding.

The Columbia Lions coordinate several community events and service projects, including the Mardi Gras parade, hot meals for seniors, and a Christmas food box project serving 600 families. The Lions also provide free or low-cost eye exams and glasses to income-eligible Columbia residents. In addition, the Lions maintain the Locust Street Park gazebo and offer its use free of charge for community events.

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