Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally Rumbles into Town Sept. 23-26

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country, and there’s plenty to do for riders and non-riders alike! Set for Sept. 23-26 in Fayetteville (with associated events happening throughout the region), here’s what to look forward to in each of the three Bs.

BIKES

Hundreds of thousands of bikers attend the rally, so there’s every kind of chopper on the streets – tricked out custom jobs, Harleys, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock, sport bikes, and more.

Riders can enter the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 26, to see how their bike stacks up, and non-riders can check them out and cast their vote. This is a drive-in bike show with winners named in a variety of categories.

For the second year, the rally offers the Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association’s Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. It features pre-1984 motorcycles providing an opportunity to see many rare, one-of-a-kind bikes.

The Fayetteville chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters presents two superb Poker Runs along some of the most beautiful roads you’ll ever see. On-site registration is available during the rally at their booth located at the Bank of Fayetteville “Train Bank” at the northwest corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue, or you can pre-register on-line. The event proceeds benefit Camp Sunshine, a summer camp facility for children who are burn victims.

This year’s Parade of Power — Arkansas’ largest motorcycle parade — is on Saturday with staging at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 3:30 p.m., and departure at 4 p.m. The Parade of Power stretches for miles with a show of shiny motorcycles as it leaves the fairgrounds and makes its way to Dickson Street, the heart of Bikes, Blues, & BBQ.  Download a map of the parade route here.

For the female riders, head on over to the Harley-Davidson Ladies’ Area at the Baum Motorcycle Village where you’ll find apparel and accessories. Try out different seats, handlebars and more on the “fit bike” model. If you’re curious about handling a bike, the H-D JumpStart ride simulator lets non-riders safely fire up a bike, run through the gears, and practice braking.

BLUES

Blues lovers can look forward to Kansas City Blues Diva, Samantha Fish, Leah and the MoJo Doctors, Steve Pryor, and the Ocie Fisher Band. Visit Blues Alley Saloon at the Washington County Fairgrounds for nothing but the blues this year.

The rally offers other music genres, too, such as Americana, Bluegrass, 80s hairbands, country, and funk and classic rock. Artists include Mountain Sprout, Hot Lix, The Dead Metal Society, The Shotgun Billies, Barrett Baber, Groovement, and Jason D. Williams.

Click here for the full music schedule. It’s non-stop entertainment at Bikes Blues and BBQ and it’s always free. Not free, but extremely cool, is Kid Rock at The Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) in Rogers on Friday, Sept. 25. For ticket info, click here.

BBQ

All about the BBQ? A $6 donation lets you taste and cast a vote for your favorite during the People’s Choice Competition portion of the Progressive Insurance Arkansas State BBQ Championship on Friday night at the BBB Official Campground, located at the fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m. and some of the best barbecue in the South is served starting at 6:30 p.m.

The main barbecue event is the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned portion of the Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Contestants put their best meat forward for a chance to win thousands in prize money. Click here for the rules, regulations, and judging procedures for this year’s event.

Extras

Because hundreds of thousands of bikes aren’t enough, there’s a car show on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. These custom cars, street rods, vintage treasures, rat rods, and more will also take part in a Dickson Street Cruise, a car parade, on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 25. Interested in participating? Click this link — 2015 BBB Car Show – Registration Flyer — for a registration form.

For detailed information regarding ride maps and directions, parking, lodging, area info, bike maintenance, and much more, visit www.bikesbluesandbbq.org.

by Jill Rohrbach

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