Bikes Blues and BBQ

Courtesy / Steel Horse Rally

After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Steel Horse Rally is returning to the River Valley May 7-8. Events will take place in Fort Smith and Pocola, Okla., including a new Cops and Cones motorcycle exhibition. Attendees can wear masks, but they're not required.

Although the 20th annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ rally was cancelled back in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in the region are hosting their own events for motorcycle enthusiasts who are coming to the area despite not having an official rally to go to.

After receiving support following a medical emergency, a couple from Harrison wants to pay it forward. Under their brand, The Ornery One, the couple raises money for people in need in the communities they visit. This week, they're riding to Fayetteville to support a NWA resident in need.


Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble says she was concerned about the images some visitors bring to town when they come out for the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally because they can be divisive and do not represent the values embraced by the city, so she created her own images that residents can wear or put up at their homes. Tommy Sisemore, the executive director of Bikes, Blues & BBQ, also explains the rally's policy regarding offensive merchandise sold at official vendor lots.

Fayetteville's massive Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, now in its 18th year, keeps getting bigger, which means more than a few growing pains. In the current divisive political climate, some Fayetteville residents are concerned about the proliferation of racist or sexist merchandise at the festival. 

courtesy / Bikers Against Child Abuse

At this week's Bike, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally several vendors and organizations including Bikers Against Child Abuse will set up booths along Dickson Street in Fayetteville. B.A.C.A. has had a presence at the rally for years, and the group's mission is to create a safer environment for abused children.

MUSIC: "Nothing Really Blue" Penguin Orchestra Cafe"

How to Cope with the Motorcycles

Sep 26, 2014


When the annual BBBQ event starts, some locals leave and some stay.


Becca Martin Brown, from Northwest Arkansas Newspapers says you can find (easily) the loud stuff this weekend and the (surprisingly) quiet.

Bikes and Songs Continues with Karaoke

Sep 25, 2014


Becca Martin Brown looks at Friday and Saturday’s Bikes, Blues and BBQ events.

Fortress Flies Into Fayetteville

Sep 24, 2014


Becca says there are a number of ways to get up in the air during Bikes Blues and BBQ.