Join Us For Bikes Blues & BBQ 2015

FAYETTEVILLE
SEP. 23 - SEP. 26

The BBB Official Campground

At the Washington County Fairgrounds

The MISS BBB CONTEST

Sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

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Joe Giles, BBB Executive Director

Welcome to Bikes Blues & BBQ

You may have noticed the phrase “Rally with a Purpose” on the Bikes Blues and BBQ logo.  Those aren’t just words; they reflect the philosophy behind the rally and we are very proud of that purpose.  BBB was founded on the principal of supporting local charities and we haven’t wavered from that initial mission.  One of the local charities that we support is “Horses for Healing.  HFH has a unique and extremely effective way of connecting with and aiding children whose lives have been adversely affected by circumstances beyond their control.  Very often these circumstances involve developmental delays, physical handicaps, and autism.  That’s where HFH makes a true difference.  The following is the story of Horses for Healing written by Linda Brown, the Executive Director of Horses for Healing: “Horses for Healing is one of only two Premier Therapeutic Riding Centers in Arkansas, serving up to 400 children with special needs a year.  It is supported totally by donations and grants; no tax dollars or insurance monies are used, making the grants from Bikes Blues & BBQ and other like-minded donors critically important to the program where children make great strides in the saddle and in life. Therapeutic riding creates a complex social environment for student interaction.  Each student is engaged in conversation that aims to further their social skills and language needs.  The horse also provides social interaction, as students are always asked to respect their horse and praise its’ good behavior after a lesson.  When Horses for Healing volunteer former University of Arkansas football Coach Ken Hatfield was asked why therapeutic riding is so profoundly effective for children with special needs; his reply was simple, but spot on - “the unconditional love from the horse.” For students who are nonverbal, often their first word is spoken at Horses for Healing.  One 5 year old was asked if he was ready to get off their pony. And the first word in his life was spoken – it was “No!”   Another child (6 year old Austin) who had never spoken kept uttering a sound. It sounded like “milo.” Austin’s teacher called his mother at work to report this and ask for an explanation.  Milo is the pony Austin rides at Horses for Healing. Horses move three dimensionally which is unique and unreplicated in any other way.  While the horse moves forward, it also sways side-to-side.  When sitting on a horse, the movement causes the rider to involuntarily use many more core muscles than they typically would use when walking or sitting on their own. The horse’s pelvis moves comparably to a human pelvis.  For a child who cannot walk, the horse’s motion simulates walking and often children take their first steps after their lessons, leading to a life of mobility, mobility that no-one had predicted. Certain disabilities create intolerance for everyday occurrences such as changes in light, different sounds, smells, and textures, some even causing actual physical pain.  While riding, children with sensory sensitivities are introduced to these occurrences in a controlled situation to promote positive sensory interactions.   While some might think that working with children with disabilities is sad, to the contrary, it is great fun! And it couldn’t happen without the support from Bikes, Blues, and BBQ.”

Featured Rides

Goldwing/HWY 21 Ride

Area Info

Northwest Arkansas is full of fun things for bikers and their families to do when they aren’t riding

Rally Camping

The official campground of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Rally with a Purpose

From the very beginning, the founders of Bikes, Blues & BBQ realized that although the three festival components of the rally — bikes, blues and barbeque — would be enough to put on a great event, so much more was possible. They wanted to hold Bikes, Blues & BBQ to a higher standard and give it a greater purpose. With that in mind they designated Bikes, Blues & BBQ as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting local charities with funding raised during the rally.