Direct media inquiries to Patty Handel; phone 518.634.2541 (o) Email: [email protected]

Official Press Release: CMT-Press Release-2016, Images available below; Event Overview below (source CMT Facebook event Page)

Media Overview

Catskill Mountain Thunder is an annual event bringing thousands of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts to the Catskills. Hosted on the premises at Blackthorne resort, there are a number of official and unofficial rides throughout the Catskill region, bringing new consumers to regional businesses.

Wednesday – the Pre-Party Pub Crawl – attendees are loaded into buses and are driven to a number of regional establishments, introducing early attendees to some of the well-known and lesser-known Catskill restaurants and taverns.

Thursday – Festival Kick-Off – Vendors arrive and setup, pre-Festival Party is hosted at the Pavilion with food, beer & soda, Bike Games. Hang with the Bike builders, staff, vendors, and the bands at the pre-festival party!

Main Event Friday & Saturday – Music and Entertainment

FridayKashmir Led Zeppelin

Saturday – Headlining the festival – Blue Oyster Cult (BOC)

Music All Weekend
EB Jeb – Opens for BOC
Moonshine Junkies – Opens for Kashmir
Dressed for the Occasion

Ron Finch – nationally known bike builder, an amazing artist and friend of Catskill Mountain Thunder

Rhett Rotten Wall of Death – Amazing,  originally a classic carnival stunt show, Rhett performs stunts on this circular wall of death

2016 Bike Show Winner Awarded PhotoShoot with EasyRiders Magazine 

Sunday’s Bike Show – attendees are invited to bring their bikes, big news this year, the winner gets a photo shoot with EasyRiders magazine. 
Bike Show Ad:

Event Images







Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult At Catskill Mountain Thunder


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Event Overview (source CMT Facebook event Page)

Our biggest & best bike event of the year! Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Country, Rockabilly bands and more music! Plus celebrity bike builders, bike show, bike raffle, rodeo games, stunt riders, aerial burnouts, wall of death, spaghetti wrestling, free demo rides, vendor expo …and fun all weekend.
You can call the office and make reservations now; accommodations are available on and off site, on-site campsites are always available:
** Call the Office: 518-634-2541 **


Bike Builders extraordinaire
Pub Crawl starts Wednesday
Ron Finch artwork as well as Finch-built bikes
Rhett Rotten and the Wall of Death
Motocross Stunts
Rodeo games
Our famous (or is it infamous? Spaghetti Wrestling)
& more

Press Release Text

Media Contact: Patty Handel
Tel. 518.634.2541 (o)
Email: [email protected]

Date: 7/25/2016


CMT Festival Brings Thousands of Motorcycle Enthusiasts to Catskills for Celebration

East Durham, NY – Catskill Mountain Thunder (CMT) is an annual event that brings thousands of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the US and Canada to the Catskills with one objective in mind – to share their love of motorcycles, riding and enjoying the motorcycle-focused entertainment. This year?s headliner band is world renowned heavy metal band Blue Oyster (BOC). Since 1972, BOC is known for songs like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You”, selling over 2 million albums worldwide. The annual festival hosts a myriad of motorcycle oriented entertainers and vendors, creating a festival like no other.


When: September 14-18, 2016
Where: Blackthorne Resort, 348 Sunside Rd, East Durham, NY 12423
9/14 Pub Crawl – The event kicks off each year with a bus-led pub crawl introducing event participants to the region, our back roads and many of the Catskill?s unique establishments.
9/15-18 Main Event – The grounds of the Blackthorne resort are transformed to a fun-filled festival-oriented environment filled with national headline bands, regional live music; loads of entertainment, including acts, artists and vendors. The excitement includes celebrity bike builders, national wall of death entertainer, exciting stunt riders, CMT?s very own aerial burnouts, watching a live-event bike build, bike show, tattoo contest, motorcycle rodeo games, spaghetti wrestling, and a huge vendor expo to grab all your motorcycle and fashion needs. Hard rock bands include Kashmir Led Zeppelin Tribute, Friday and Blue Oyster Cult Saturday night.
9/18 Closing Day – Pig Roast; Bike Show, attendees compete, win EasyRiders photoshoot.

Proprietor Quote

“Just like the attendees, our family and staff look forward to seeing everyone at CMT” said proprietor Roy Handel, “over the years so many attendees, entertainers, bike builders and vendors have become great friends to all of us. Everyone brings so much to the event and makes it what it is – a unique, exciting time to celebrate motorcycles and forget what is going on in the world for a few days while we relax and have fun.”

Blackthorne Resort’s Catskill Mountain Thunder

Established in 1997, Catskill Mountain Thunder is an annual September event held at the Blackthorne Resort. The event brings thousands of motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to the Catskills, hosting national headline bands, live regional music and entertainment including: bike builders, stunt riders, wheel of death, vendors, attendees contests and rodeo games, and CMT?s unique aerial burnouts. The Blackthorne Resort is nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Catskills Mountains and offers a range of amenities, events and entertainment. To learn more visit and or call us at 518.634.2541.