Soon, a new Johnstown ordinance will regulate who can sell what during big events such as Thunder in the Valley.

City Council last week gave preliminary approval to a special-event ordinance giving the city manager wide-ranging authority over both indoor and outdoor vendors in a specially designated “festival area.”

While the ordinance also touches on existing city businesses, City Manager Kristen Denne said it will not infringe on those establishments’ ability to capitalize on large summer crowds.

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