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Event Details

11:00 a.m. -   4:00   p.m.   last Saturday in July
July   29, 2023
Enter at the intersection of Central Avenue & Main Street

Display area: Central Avenue between Main and Verity
Broad   St.   between   Central Ave. & Manchester Ave.
  Downtown   Middletown, Ohio 45042

Thunderfest is a cruise-in car show that is free to attend.

We welcome all vehicles - dragsters, classic vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, boats, rat rods, exotics - if it has a motor & you can ride it, bring it!

For details & updates visit:

Prizes galore!

At least 24 unique prizes for vehicles registered at the event.

Trophy to the Car Club that has the most members register vehicles.

50/50 Raffle.

One-of-a-kind Thunderfest varsity jacket raffle.

Win a ride in a 1943 Fairchild PT 19 airplane.

          Gates open at 10:00 am. - Event is 11:00-4:00

          Vehicle Awards presented throughout the day.

Flyover by Butler County Warbirds Museum around noon!

Raffle tickets available for a 30-minute ride in a 1943 Fairchild PT-19 proceeds benefit the Betty Stagg-Turner Scholarship Fund

BCWarbirds PT19 in flight.JPG

Cackle fest every hour on the hour - EAR PLUGS RECOMMENDED.

Photo ops by most vehicles and even in a few of them.

Bring your best smile and your camera.

Several restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, and bars in the event area and within a short walk (4 blocks or less for many).  Pizza, BBQ, tacos, sandwiches, soup, ice cream, coffee, frozen drinks, & unique specialty dishes

- all locally owned & operated.

Check out the unique shops & eateries nearby.

Vendors & Food trucks on site in 2023

D. R. Concessions

Kona Ice

Wheely Good Food Truck

BMW Motorcycles of Greater Cincinnati

2022 Dash Plaque Sponsors:

The Windamere

Denny Lumber

Design 2 Wear 2

Brunning Endurance

The Potato Bar

Primo Italian Steakhouse

Whistle Stop Shop

Questions?  Contact the Event Coordinator Sylvia McIntosh at

or 513-464-2527 (Downtown Middletown, Inc.)

Thunderfest Cruise In  - a family friendly event is sponsored by

Downtown Middletown, Inc., 1050 Central Avenue, 2nd floor,

Middletown, Ohio 45044 and the Middletown Pacemakers Car Club

with financial support from:

Miller Insurance, Inc. * 8-cylinder Sponsor

Design 2 Wear 2 * 4-cylinder Sponsor

Middletown Area Schools CU * 4-cylinder Sponsor

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