Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally 
If you love bikes, enjoy listening to the blues and crave for mouthwatering barbeque, then there are more than enough reasons for you to go wild this fall! Yes, we’re getting closer to that time of the year when bikers from all over the country come together at Fayetteville, Arkansas to celebrate the annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally – the largest and fastest growing motorcycle rally in the country. This year’s event will be held on September 20 to 23 so mark your calendars to make sure you don’t miss all the fun!
The annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ (BBB) Rally is usually a jam-packed affair. Ever since its inception in 2000, which was participated in by 300 riders, the event now attract hordes of participants from all the 50 states. In fact, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors in 2016, making it second only to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. With so many people roaming around the city, you can expect things to get a little louder and busier, but it will also be a lot more fun!
There is never a shortage of things to do while you’re in town. The event has been a family-friendly affair right from the start so you can be sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, what can you expect to see in the event? Here’s a sneak peak of this year’s events!
- Parade of Power. There are two ways to enjoy the parade – you can either ride your bike and join in on the fun or watch in the sidelines as bikes of all forms and sizes make their way from the Washington County Fairgrounds to Dickson Street on September 24, 2017. Event starts at 3:30 PM so there’s enough time for you to be there on time!
- Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes. Do you want to see how your bike stacks up with other bikes in your category? If you’re up to the challenge, then take your ride in the morning of the show (between 8 to 9 AM on September 23rd at the Main Stage Beer Garden on Dickson Street) to register. Who knows? You might even bring home an enormous championship belt!
- Vintage Bike Show. Presented by the Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association, this is one event you simply couldn’t afford to miss! Seeing 150 amazing vintage motorcycles up close would be a dream come true for most motorcycle enthusiasts so no serious bikers would dare miss this opportunity.
- Classic Car Show. If you’re into cars, then this one is for you! Whether you’re interested in vintage cars, customs, street rods, rat rods or anything else you can ever think of, the BBB Car Show has it. The Bikes, Blues and BBQ 5th Annual Classic Car Show will be showcased on September 23rd at the Monster Experience venue in Springdale. It will surely be one of the finest hours of your life!
- Firefighters’ Poker Run. Have you ever participated in a poker run? If not, then this is one great way to savor the experience! The BBB Firefighters’ Poker Runs not only features scenic routes and friendly sponsor stops, it also serves a greater purpose as proceeds go to support Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for young burn victims.
Exclusively for Lady Riders:
- Miss BBB. Do you have what it takes to bring home the crown – and the prize money that goes with the title? If you are confident that you can, call (479)527-9993 or check out the Bikes, Blues and BBQ website for more info.
- Shopping and other fun stuff. The organizers know for a fact that Ladies love to shop so they make it a point to bring in as many vendors as they can. So, if you love shopping for apparel and accessories, there will a lot to choose from. Be ready to shop ‘til you drop!
Are you starting to feel the excitement? Well, let’s up the ante! As mentioned earlier, the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally has something for everyone. If you love listening to the blues, you can catch a concert or two every afternoon until midnight at the Main Stage on Dickson Street and/or at the Blues Alley Saloon at the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Campground.
You can also get a taste of the best BBQ the South has to offer and cast a vote for your favorite at the BBB Official Campground, drink a brew, watch a lawn mower pulls competition, get a “Blues Train” ride from George’s to Baum Stadium and back ($10 per person for a round trip, $6 for one way ticket, and free for children up to 12 years of age) and even get a chance to take a demo ride at the Baum Stadium.
While the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally may sound like a lot of fun, it is really all about charity. To date, it has given over $1.3 million to local charities serving the needs of women, children and other underprivileged members of the Northwest Arkansas community.