Ebensburg gears up for Wheels & Wings

EBENSBURG — Ebensburg officials and community members are gearing up for the 13th annual Wheels & Wings event to be held Thursday.

The car, truck and motorcycle show will once again be combined with a wing-off between local restaurants and vendors. The event, held in conjunction with Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, brings thousands to Downtown Ebensburg each year.

This year’s event will be held in Penn Eben Park at Julian and High streets, and along North Julian and West Sample streets.

Wheels & Wings will feature live entertainment from 6 to 9:30 p.m. by The Michael Christopher Band, at the Center and Sample streets, and The Morgan James Band at the Penn Eben Park Gazebo.

There also will be a special appearance by the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales, weather permitting. The team of horses will be on the 100 block of South Center Street and will parade up North Center Street and back again.

“We are really excited to have the Clydesdales back with us this year,” said Danea Koss, community development director. “It’s a big deal to us to have this world-famous team of horses come to Ebensburg, and people really love coming up to see the horses and getting their picture taken with them.”

Vehicle registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event. The first 250 vehicles will be registered, and the first 150 registrants will receive “Wheels & Wings” dash plaques sponsored by Roundhouse Harley-Davidson. The registration fee is $7.

Vehicles will enter at Caroline and High streets. They will again be judged by classes. There will be three bike classes: sport bikes, cruisers and custom bikes; and five car classes: pre-’50s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and post-’80s. There is one class for trucks.

A panel of judges will award trophies to the top three vehicles in each category. A Best of Show award will be given to one car, truck and motorcycle. The awards will be announced at 8:30 p.m. at the entertainment area.

Meanwhile, 15 food vendors will serve up their best wings from 5 to 10 p.m. in Penn Eben Park and along West Sample Street while competing for the title of Best Wings.” Other awards given out to wing vendors are Best Wings – Runner Up and a Spirit Award for the food vendor who gets into the event the most. Additional food items will be available for sale.

Wing judges are Tom Chernisky, president Cambria County Commiss­ioner; Randy Datsko, Ebensburg Mayor; Dave Kuhar, Ebensburg Borough councilman; and Cindy Link, a representative of event sponsor State Farm Agent, Kim Springer.

Event Sponsor Five Star Powersports will showcase machines on West Crawford Street by Veteran’s Park.

The Dauntless Fire Company, The Castle Pub and Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will sell adult beverages.


If you go

What: Wheels & Wings

Where: Downtown Ebensburg

When: Thursday

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Vehicle registration.

6 to 8 p.m.: Car, truck and motorcycle show.

5 to 10 p.m.: Wing-Off.

8:30 p.m.: Awards.

6 to 9:30 p.m.: Music by The Michael Christopher Band at West Sample and North Center streets; and The Morgan James Band at Penn Eben Park Gazebo.