Thunder Cruise considered huge success


Nearly 100 antique cars and trucks flocked to the town square over the weekend to take part in the first Knox Street Thunder Cruise Night sponsored by The Ugly Mug Coffey House, Grateful Ed’s BBQ and Moses Family Motors.

“92 vehicles ended up here, drivers showed off their cars, trucks, and bikes!” Said Chad Wagner, who founded and organized the event. “I just wanted to put together an event that anyone, from any age group, could enjoy and at the same time help all the local merchants. Before the event even started, the drivers were here visiting our stores, restaurants, and checking out our great town. It just gave us another chance to show why Barbourville is a great place.”

“This has been really nice,” said Pam Milligan of London, as she showed off her and her husband’s 1952 Studebaker, “There are a lot more cars here than we expected.”

The kids were not left out at the cruise, Tamara Henson, of THS Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio, offered face painting, donating all of her proceeds to KCEOC women’s shelter, and bike tours of the square were provided by Sean Trinque, cycling coach at Union College.

In response to the overall success of the first cruise, Wagner is planning to host another event in September.