2012 News

Here are links to the top news stories, provided by KNWA, from the 2012 Rally!

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Kicks Off Wed., Sept. 26

Vendors Setting Up Shop for Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Hog Haus Preps for Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Bikes, Blues and New Hairdos

Hog Haus Brews, Braces for Bikers

Rogers Harley Dealership Draws Rally Crowd

UA Hosts ‘Hogs, Blues & BBQ’ During BBB

Vendors Show Up Big for BBB

What’s Your Day Job?

NWA Arena Cross In NWA for BBB

Custom Bikes Get Extra Attention

Music Sets the Scene for BBB

Day Two of “Guess My Day Job.”

Charities Raise Awareness Around BBB

Road Closures and Police Enforcement at BBB Rally

BBB Event Information and Maps

Pigs Fly Around Track at Bikes, Blues & BBQ

WEB EXTRA: Bird’s Eye View of Bikes, Blues and BBQ

B.A.C.A. Rolls Out At BBB

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Car Show

Biker couples get hitched on stage at BBB

Local High School Helps Clean Up Dickson Post BBB

Crime Statistics Released for 2012 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally

 

 

BBB Article published in the Arkansas Baptist News

Arkansas FAITH Riders Reach Bikers

Article published in the Arkansas Baptist News

www.arkansasbaptist.org

 SPRINGDALE – A new ministry, formed with the goal of reaching out to motorcycle enthusiasts, has already done just that during several recent festivals – resulting in dozens of professions of faith.

FAITH Riders was commissioned in May 2010 as a ministry of Cross Church of Springdale and Rogers, said Jeff Hairston, co-director of the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) chapter. He said FAITH Riders started as a ministry of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., and now has about 170 member churches. “While this ministry is primarily focused on reaching out and ministering to the motorcycle community,” said Hairston, “(the) group also is involved in outreach opportunities such as disaster relief, children’s events, bike nights, toy runs and Christmas outreach.”

One of the largest events in which FAITH Riders was involved in 2011 was the Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival in Fayetteville. Hairston said the festival is the largest charitable motorcycle rally in the United States, donating more than $500,000 to charities. An estimated 425,000 motorcycle enthusiasts participated.

During the festival, FAITH Riders members shared “3-minute testimonies” with participants and offered opportunities to register to win various prizes, including Kindles, iPads and a TV.

The strategy is similar to what is used by Dakota Baptists at the Sturgis motorcycle event, as reported by the Baptist Press in August. Festival attendees are asked to listen to a 3-minute testimony in order to register for the drawings. Arkansas FAITH Riders were assisted in testimony training by members from Oklahoma, including Jimmy May, associate pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Ardmore, Okla.

Additionally, First Baptist Church, Greenland, donated the use of its gymnasium to house some of the Oklahoma FAITH Riders, said Hairston.

“The group was able to share testimonies with 493 people, and 94 of those individuals accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior,” said Hairston. “In addition to sharing their testimonies with so many fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, they were also able to minister to riders who simply came in asking for someone to pray with them about specific issues.”

NWA Faith Riders co-director Don Vlastuin said he was amazed at not only the number of testimonies that the group was able to share, but also the affect that this had on their local FAITH Riders members who participated.

Both Vlastuin and his wife, Paulita, experienced apprehension about sharing their faith with total strangers – but rejoiced in seeing some of those same people become brothers and sisters and enter the family of God.

“For me, it was great to see these people who have a passion for the Great Commission go into an environment where most people would not expect to see a lot of evidence of Christ and boldly share their faith,” said Richard Cox, minister of community missions at Cross Church, Springdale.

“Then, we got to see how God had prepared the way and prepared people to hear from God,” said Cox. “It was an awesome experience to see how open many of the motorcyclists were to listening to our group of FAITH Riders sharing their faith.”

Hairston said the group already is making plans to participate in the 2012 Bikes, Blues & BBQ event.

Churches interested in starting a FAITH Riders motorcycle ministry may contact Hairston at jeffh@nwafaithriders.com.

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.