The sky's the limit for Windber Rumbles — at least when it comes to entertainment.
"Mad" Mike Jones and Brent Schwalm, a high-flying motocross duo from East Coast Extreme FMX, wowed a crowd of hundreds in Windber Saturday. The pair's aerial display highlighted the weekend's events, which are associated with Johnstown's Thunder in the Valley.
"These guys aren't just putting on a show in the air," said Bob Haddad, Windber firefighter and event committee chairman. "They're really playing to the crowd. They're doing everything to accommodate the fans and they're a pleasure to be around."
It's the third year the Windber Volunteer Fire Department has sponsored Windber Rumbles. Haddad estimated a Friday night crowd of about 2,000 people; and Saturday's attendance appeared to be on pace to hit that mark as well.
The fire department had Jones and Schwalm to thank for much of the turnout. Onlookers crowded Graham Avenue to watch the duo hurdle themselves — twisting and twirling — from ramp-to-ramp.
"We're loving it," Jones said. "The people are friendly and so nice. I'd put this show right at the top of anywhere we've visited."
Jones, 46, is a motocross legend. The Pittsburgh native has been riding professionally for more than 30 years. He was named the 1989 world champion of Supercross, the 1998 world freestyle motocross champion, a 2001 Winter X Games gold medalist, and a 2002 Winter X Games silver medalist.
It didn't take visitors long to understand how Jones earned his nickname, "Mad Mike."
"It's all about the crowd," Jones said. "We really feed off their energy."
Windber Rumbles also featured 22 food, drink and craft vendors, a number of bands and pro wrestling exhibition. The event is a fundraiser for the Windber fire department.
"There were so many groups involved," Haddad said, "and we really appreciate everyone's support."
The fundraising event is an important one for the fire department. Haddad said the department is supported entirely through donations and fundraisers.
"Events like these are the only way to pay the bills," he said. "And really, the money ultimately supports the community. It's all about serving and protecting our municipalities."
Windber Hotel owner Scott Penrod and Windber Borough Council members were also involved with organizing the event. Borough Councilman James Spinos said the weekend went smoothly.
"My hat's off to everyone who was involved," he said. "I think people really enjoy it. It's something different and it gives visitors a reason to come to Windber. The way things came together was very impressive."