‘Thunder on the Square’ raises $8,400 for juvenile diabetes

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

October 19, 2013

Clay Bilyeu’s “Thunder on the Square” event held Sunday, Oct. 13 was a huge success as it raised $8,400 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event featured vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as food and lots of fun for the 500 plus people that attended.

Bilyeu couldn’t be more pleased with the turn-out, and wishes to thank all those who not only attended, but the 40 people who volunteered their time to make the event come together.

This is not the first time Bilyeu has held such an event. He and his friends have been hosting a smaller event throughout the past few months called “Summer Nights Cruise-In,” which also benefits the JDRF. In fact, Bilyeu’s events have generated $10,500 over the summer to help the cause.

“This was a really big year,” said Bilyeu. “We raised three times as much as we thought we would. We couldn’t be more happy.”

“Thunder on the Square” was originally scheduled for the weekend before the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade, but rain caused the date to be pushed to the next weekend, which fell right after all the festival events. This did not seem to deter people from coming out again, however, as a crowd could be seen all day long.

“We are hoping for an even bigger event next year,” said Bilyeu, who wants to see it grow and grow.

Bilyeu’s “Summer Nights Cruise-In” events are the biggest draw in this area for JDRF. Kevin Kirby of Kirby Funeral Homes out of Bowling Green is really involved in helping the JDRF and teamed up with Bilyeu to get him involved.

Over 200 cars, bikes and trucks were at the “Thunder on the Square.”