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BBQ and cold drinks: find it with yp.com

Heading to the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Festival in Fayetteville this weekend and can’t wait or some good barbeque and a cold drink. Finding a good spot along the way is as handy as  our iPhone or Android™ device.

With the latest update to our YPsm app, consumerscan easily find nearby restaurants including those offering coupons and discounts – from a single mobile app. The YPSM app is available for free download for iPhone, Android™, Windows Phone 7, Palm and Blackberry device users.

A single tap on the convenient ‘restaurants’ icon gives you a variety of choices, and to find the one nearest you be sure to choose “my current location.”

Not on a mobile device? YP.com is the quick and easy way to search, find and save with local businesses. Users can even book reservations with select restaurants all on YP.com.

And, remember, on Friday Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can take a tethered ride in the AT&T Real Yellow Pages hot air balloon located in the Baum Stadium parking lot. The rides cost $10 and all the money received goes to one of the many charitable organizations which benefit from this great event.

Bike maintenance: easy with yp.com

Did something happen to your motorcycle while you’re at the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Festival in Fayetteville this weekend and you need a part? Or, maybe you’d like to pick up a new accessory. Finding the right part or accessory is as handy as your mobile device.

The YPsm app for mobile devices empowers consumers to easily find the nearest motorcycle repair shop, or parts and accessory store from a single, free mobile app.

Just type what you’re looking for in the search bar, and you’ll see a list of available shops and stores in Fayetteville, or wherever you are along the road. Be sure to search using your “current location.”

Not on a mobile device? YP.com is the quick and easy way to search, find and save with local businesses.

And, remember, on Friday Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can take a tethered ride in the AT&T Real Yellow Pages hot air balloon located in the Baum Stadium parking lot. The rides cost $10 and all the money received goes to one of the many charitable organizations which benefit from this great event.

Best gas prices: on your mobile at yp.com

If you’re heading to the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Festival in Fayetteville this weekend and need to find the best prices on gasoline, they’re as handy as your iPhone or Android™ device.

With the latest update to our YPSM app, consumers now have quick access to nearby gas prices with an at-a-glance view of the “best” local options for easy decision-making while on the go.

A single tap on the “Gas Prices” icon now presents the nearest gas stations with a visual display of “best” and “good” options, based on price. Whether you fill up with “regular,” “plus” or “premium” gas, the app has you covered.

Quickly view the “best” nearby prices of your preferred grade of gas or the prices at the closest stations. See nearby results for frequent searches: businesses, coupons and discounts, and local events on the app’s home screen.

And, if you’re already there, be sure and use the YPSM appon your way home to tap into these savings offers.

YP.comSM, the  new YELLOWPAGES.COMSM, is the place to go when looking for local information.

And, remember, on Friday Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can take a tethered ride in the AT&T Real Yellow Pages hot air balloon located in the Baum Stadium parking lot. The rides cost $10 and all the money received goes to one of the many charitable organizations which benefit from this great event.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Announces New Leadership Organization and Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., February 8, 2011 – Bikes, Blues & BBQ (BBB) announced today the restructuring of the leadership team and new appointees to these leadership positions. Ben Handford will serve in the newly created position of President and CEO, and Joe Giles has been named the Executive Director.

“Over the last eleven years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has evolved from a small gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts on Dickson Street to a “festival” encompassing the largest “family-friendly, charitable funding” rally in the United States. As a result of this growth, BBB was able to give over $150,000 in cash, partnership and in-kind support to charities in 2010 alone,” said Kenneth Mourton, chairman of BBB.

“Recognizing the expansion and addition of venues will continue (Dickson Street, Baum Stadium and Washington County Fairgrounds), the significant economic impact the event has on Northwest Arkansas and the state, and the knowledge the funds generated by BBB are crucial to the many charitable organizations we support, the board of directors determined that the time is right to hire a new level of professional leadership,” said Mourton.

“As a result, Ben Handford has been named our first President and CEO. He will focus on working with our many state and local stakeholders, as well as working with current sponsors and developing new ones so the event can remain self-funding. Ben will also work with the Executive Director and the many volunteer coordinators to ensure that the event is a success for everyone involved,” stated Mourton.

Handford is a native Arkansan who brings to BBB a tremendous amount of experience in the areas of strategic event planning, operational logistics and group management. He has worked for the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and two presidential campaigns. “Ben’s experience makes him uniquely qualified to take BBB into the future,” Mourton added.

Working with Handford on the day-to-day operations as the Executive Director of BBB will be Joe Giles. “Joe has been involved in every aspect of the rally over the last six years and brings not only tremendous organization and team development skills, but also a connection to the Northwest Arkansas community that will be invaluable in assisting Ben in building for the future,” said Jeff Koenig, board member and head of the search committee. “His eclectic background as a radio announcer, school teacher, elementary school principal and professional musician, and his range of experiences make him a great choice for this role,” added Koenig.

Unsung Heroes

Every year it takes lots of people to plan, coordinate and make the rally happen.  Our thanks to those folks for their time and effort in making the 2010 rally the best ever.

Click here to see the list of people that make the rally a success and when you meet them, thank them for putting on one of the the biggest motorcycle rallies in America.

Another Great Year!

– Thanks to each and everyone of you that made this year’s rally the biggest and best ever!!!!

– Talking to many many people including you, the FPD, Vendors and attendees, it appears that attendance was at an all time high this year.  When asked about attendance, Nelson Driver the BBB Event Director commented, “we had a bunch and then some.”

– Over the next few weeks we will be paying the bills and expect that to begin making grants to local charities at the end of November.

– If you have pictures for the website, put them on our facebook page and we will post: BBB facebook.

– We have updated the website with new information, pictures and the names of the winners of the different events:

  • Future Rally Dates
  • Rally Pictures
  • Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes Winners
  • Bike Raffle & Poker Run Winners
  • BBQ Winners
  • Miss BBB Winners

– If you missed buying any of our official merchandise, you can still get what you need by going to going to the BBB Store.

– Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again in 2011.

Last Day of BBB 2010

- Friday attendance was like a usual BBB Saturday night.  The rally was packed with more bikes and people than ever before.

  • The Sam’s Club People’s Choice Tasting was sold out with all 3,000 tasting kits purchased.
  • Friday’s Poker Run had the most ever with 600 bikes.
  • The motorcycle companies (Harley, Star & Can-Am) reported more people participating in demo rides that in previous years.

- Beer Gardens open at 8:00 am today.

– Music:

  • Dickson – 2:30 pm with FOS Projects
  • Baum – 2:00 pm with Minus Bob
  • Fairgrounds – 8:00 pm with Ruckus
  • The AMP – 7:00 pm with The Black Crowes

- Check-in for Saturday’s Poker Run begins at 7:30 am at the Tyson Track Center. First Bike out at 8:30 am.

- Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes will be staged at the Main Stage on Dickson Street. Registration at 8:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Final Battle at 2:00 pm.

- Train service between Dickson Street and Baum Stadium begins today at 10:00 am from Dickson and 10:30 am from Baum.

- Parade of Power staging will be in UofA parking Lot 56 at 3:00 pm.  The Parade will start at 4:00 pm.

- Miss BBB Final tonight at 11:30 pm, along with the winner of the Bike Raffle announced, at the Main Stage on Dickson Street.

- Motorcycle Demo Rides start at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

- Jeep Rock & Road Tour starts at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

- Harley Owners Group (HOG) Pins Stop starts at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

- Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too opens at 11:00 am at the AMP (NWA Mall).

- BBQ Awards Ceremony at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 3:00 pm.

Great Music and Entertainment at Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too

For the second year, BBB is teaming up with Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too to bring even more fun and excitement to the rally.

Friday rock out to Pat Travers & Rick Derringer and Saturday night The AMP presents the Black Crowes.  Tickets start at only $10.

Located at the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP), at the NWA Mall, this event has lots to see and do like: a classic car show on Saturday, free tours of the Gibson Guitar museum bus and  a kids play area with human bowling, trike races and a climbing wall.

BBHRT also has the Crown Royal Corral where you can have a cocktail for only $5 & beer for only $4, lots of food, games & prizes and hear some great blues bands Friday from 1-7 pm.  BBHRT also features many classic car/hot rod builders, free demo rides from Boss Hoss motorcycles and now you can see the beautiful Bourget choppers and meet Brigitte Bourget herself.

Click the link below to get all the details of what’s going on at BBHRT.

Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too

Day 3 of BBB

- The general feeling is that yesterday was the largest crowd we have ever had on Day 2.  The rally promises to be the biggest ever!

- There is now FREE motorcycle parking at University Baptist Church Student Activity Center. UBC is located just off West Lafayette Street in Fayetteville.

– Beer Gardens open at 10:00 am today. – Music is primarily focused on Blues band today:

  • Dickson – 2:30 pm with Earl’s Garage
  • Baum – 2:00 pm with Cathead Biscuit
  • Fairgrounds – 5:00 pm with Metro Park
  • The AMP – 7:00 pm with Pat Travers & Rick Derringer

– Check-in for Friday’s Poker Run begins at 7:30 am at the Tyson Track Center. First Bike out at 8:30 am.

–  Sam’s Club People’s Choice BBQ tasting starts at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 6:30 pm.  Tasting kits are $6 (includes parking).  Tickets go on sale at 8:00 am today at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

– The American Hell Riders will be performing with their Wall of Death at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

– Train service between Dickson Street and Baum Stadium begins today at 11:00 am from Dickson and 11:30 am from Baum.

– Miss BBB Preliminary tonight at 10:30 pm at George’s on Dickson Street.

– Motorcycle Demo Rides start at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

- Jeep Rock & Road Tour starts at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

– Harley Owners Group (HOG) Pins Stop at starts at Baum Stadium at 9:00 am.

– Joe Martin, of Martin Bros Bikes, is known as one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the world today. Come check him out at Baum Stadium, or see him during one of his appearances at the Main Stage Area on Dickson Street.

– Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too opens at 11:00 am at the AMP (NWA Mall).