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Bikes, Blues & BBQ details announced for 2011 rally
Exciting attractions, venues and activities added
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 26, 2011) — Bike, Blues & BBQ, the largest nonprofit, family-friendly motorcycle rally in the country, has announced a series of attractions that will take place during the Sept. 28-Oct. 1 festival.
Activities are centered around Fayetteville’s Dickson Street entertainment district with additional attractions at the University of Arkansas’ Baum Stadium, Washington County Fairgrounds and Parsons Arena in Springdale. Designated beer gardens and live music will be abundant in all locations.
One of the activities the rally offers is a poker run to Eureka Springs hosted by members of the Fayetteville Fire Department with groups leaving at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday. A second poker run to Devil’s Den State Park will take place on Saturday, also with start times at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
BBB also features several family-friendly contest events where attendees help determine the winner through public participation. The Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes, sponsored by Cycle Connection Harley-Davidson in Joplin, will take place Saturday in the main beer garden in the parking lot of the Walton Arts Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the show and judging begin at noon. Spectators vote on a Grand Prize Winner of Best in Show, along with winners three deep in categories including American class, American factory custom, metric cruiser, metric sport, trike/conversion, bagger, sportster, unique bike, chopper and radical custom. Last year’s winners came from as far as Texas, Tennessee and Indiana.
Later on Saturday, hundreds of motorcycles, choppers and custom vehicles will gather in Fayetteville for the popular RSC Parade of Power. The parade will take place along College Avenue and Dickson Street beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thousands of onlookers will take in the parade and pick their favorite set of wheels.
For those with a flare for four-wheel action, lawn mower races will be Friday night at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
In addition, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has partnered with Wal-Mart and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank for a Hunger Drive that will take place at the Wal-Mart stores on Martin Luther King Blvd and Mall Avenue in Fayetteville. Volunteers will gather items from 10:00 am – 7pm on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st.
Aside from the sights and the rumble of vibrating pipes, BBB will host the Arkansas State BBQ Championship at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). As many as 50 teams are expected to compete for $20,000 in cash prizes and trophies for the best prepared ribs, pork, chicken and brisket, as well as a People’s Choice Award picked by the public. Last year’s contest was the first in which winners were picked from a panel made of only certified KCBS judges. This year, the barbecue competition will also be one of 25 Kingsford-brand charcoal competitions held nationwide to determine a separate $20,000 winner.
The BBQ competition begins on Friday with tickets for the People’s Choice Award going on sale at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 each and include a parking pass. Tickets are sold to the first 3,000 people on a first come, first serve basis. The People’s Choice Award begins at 6:30 p.m. The KCBS BBQ Competition begins at noon Saturday with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. for the KCBS Arkansas State Championship BBQ Cook-Off, The People’s Choice Award and The Kingsford Point Challenge.
For the 2011 rally, BBB will stretch north to Springdale, where the first-ever “Bikes, Blues and BBQ Arenacross/Big Air Extravaganza” will take place at Parsons Arena Friday and Saturday. The Arenacross event will feature performances by “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram, one of the country’s leading professional freestyle motocrossers and rally car drivers, as well as dozens of professional motocross riders vying for $10,000 in purse money.
Pro Racing Day is Friday with race practice at 4 p.m. followed by a chance to meet the racers at 6:30 p.m. Racing begins at 8 p.m. Race practice kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by heat races at 2 p.m. and the finals at 6:30 p.m.
Local and regional musical acts have been central to the BBB atmosphere since its inception. The headline acts at Baum Stadium will be Jeff Fox on Wednesday, Catfish Jackson on Thursday, Boston Mountain Playboys on Friday and Trick Bag on Saturday.
On the Dickson Street Main Stage, headliners will be The Staggering Odds on Wednesday, Red Ambition on Thursday, Joe Giles on Friday and David Kimbrough Jr. on Saturday. The band Ruckus will headline both Friday and Saturday nights at the Washington County Fairgrounds, and the Circus Una Highwire Act will perform throughout the afternoon and evening on both days.
Several attractions will continue throughout the rally. Demonstration rides by Harley Davidson, Can-Am, Victory Motorcycles, Suzuki and Yamaha will be available at Baum Stadium. Helicopter rides will be taking off from the Washington County Fairgrounds and Baum Stadium.
To satisfy the needs of football fans, big screen televisions, provided by All AV, will be set up in Thompson Hall at the Washington County Fairgrounds Thursday through Saturday. The Arkansas Missouri Railroad will be available to shuttle people between George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street and Baum Stadium on the hour and half hour.
Also this year, BBB has partnered with Cross Church of Northwest Arkansas to provide entertainment for families with children attending BBB events at Baum Stadium and the Randal Tyson Track Center. Hot air balloon rides by AT&T / The Real Yellow Pages will be available at Baum Stadium, weather permitting. The tethered ride will last five minutes and cost $10 per person.
About Bikes, Blues and BBQ
Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the largest nonprofit, family-friendly motorcycle rally in the country. The rally offers the best motorcycle riding, live music and barbecue while at the same time helping those in need. During rally week, the fall festival draws an estimated 400,000 people with an economic impact of $35-$50 million for Northwest Arkansas and the rest of the state. The 2011 rally is Sept. 28-Oct. 1 For more about Bikes, Blues & BBQ, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org, or follow BBB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bikesbluesbbq