During Monday night’s Newton City Council meeting, Thunder Nites Treasurer Libbie Marshall announced the Newton American Legion Post 111 will be taking over the beer garden for Thunder Nites in 2014.
The partnership would merge the two non-profits on this major series of Newton events. Marshall reported that during the 2013 season of Thunder Nites, the beverage garden brought in $15,000 over the year, despite being rained out in June. However, this year’s Thunder Nites broke a record in July for number of bikes in attendance.
“We are proud to announce that we will be pairing with the American Legion, as they will tend to the beverage garden. This makes our mission statement stronger as both Thunder Nites’ and the American Legion’s goal is giving back to the community,” Marshall said.
The council commended Marshall and the Thunder Nites committee for taking the event to the level that it is at in just two years.
Thunder Nites is ranked second, just behind Indianola, in bike nights that have been active since summer of 2005.