Crossroads in Rossford

Live bands, motorcycle and car shows, helicopter rides and a bikini contest are just a few of the entertainment options those who decide to venture out to North Coast Motorcycle in Rossford this weekend can experience.

Mark Moses, owner of North Coast Motorcycle, envisioned an event that would help celebrate the company’s anniversary, as well as be an event that loyal customers and the general public could enjoy.

This weekend, that vision will become reality. The third Thunder at the Crossroads kicks off Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m. and is open until 11 p.m. Festivities will begin again Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. and continue until midnight. The two-day celebration will include motorcycles, cars, music, fun and children.

It is also an opportunity to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio, which serves 21 counties in the area.

“It’s a community gathering point,” Moses said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Approximately six or seven Wish Kids, children who are being or have been helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will also be in attendance, according to Kate Smith, event coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio.

“Events like Mark’s really makes us able to do what we do,” Smith said.

There will be a mix of Rock and Roll, Blues, Jazz and Top 40 music from bands like Voodoo Libido, Touched, Thunder Road, The Haircuts and Hepcat Revival.

For the more daring, there are helicopter rides and motorcycle stunt shows.

A motorcycle show, a car show and an auction are also available. The winners of the motorcycle and car shows will be chosen by Wish Kids.

“They choose their favorite bike and car based on whatever criteria they want,” Moses said. “That can be their favorite color or whatever.”

The auction will feature items donated by a local collector of John Wayne memorabilia and a NASCAR VIP package.

Events like Thunder at the Crossroads help the Make-AWish Foundation fulfill their mission statement.

According to the Make-AWish Web site, “The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”

Last year’s event raised more than $25,000 and all proceeds go to Make-A-Wish, said Moses.

The money raised goes to granting wishes, Smith said.

North Coast Motorcycle is located at 9750 Clark Drive in Rossford.