Johnstown—Two of the country's top freestyle motocross riders will perform at the third annual Spring Thaw in Windber to raise money for two philanthropic organizations.
"Mad Mike" Jones, known as the "greatest motocross showman on the planet," and Brent Schwalm will thrill crowds with their stunt riding at 6 p.m. on May 18 and 19 at Windber Stadium.
"There is something for everyone, whether you're into music, motocross, off-roading or if you just want to support the local charities," said Stephanie Klucik, secretary/treasurer for For the Fallen.
For the Fallen is a non-profit organization that started with a motorcycle run to remembers friends who've passed away. Now, more than 450 names are listed on the back of memorial T-shirts.
The organization gives to families in need, other local charities, youth sports teams, fire departments and scholarship.
Big Rubbers raises money for the community through its annual Fall Turkey Crawl and Toys for Tots drive, along with a benefit ride being added this year for cyctic fibrosis.
The two organizations will participate in the Miners Memorial Day weekend June 15-17 and For the Fallen's motorcycle ride Aug. 4.
Along with motocross, the Spring Thaw will include all-age live music featuring Hopscotch with Landmines, Octane and Driveline.
Food and drinks will be sold, along with alcohol with proper ID. There will be an alcohol-free zone for kids.
Admission is $10 and $5 for children 8 and under.
On May 19, there will be a car and motorcycle show with trophies for class winners. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the show running from noon to 4. During the show, The Knockoffs will play acoustic music.
Big Rubbers will have an obstacle course, RTI ramp, "Go Topless" Jeep rides to their private off-road course, automotive and 4x4 vendors Saturday and Sunday.
The Big Rubbers obstacle course is $5 per attempt and the "Go Topless Trail" rides to Doe Valley, Big Rubbers' private off road course, are $25 per rig/driver and $5 per passenger. Sign ups will be at the stadium.
For more information, visit Facebook and For the Fallen Motorcycle Run or Big Rubbers Custom 4x4 Club, or www.bigrubbers4x4.org.