First Day of Bikes, Blues & BBQ

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The first day of Bikes, Blues and BBQ kicked off Wednesday ( Sept. 19)

More than 90 vendors set up at Baum Motorcycle Village filling up the parking lot.

People were able to take test ride on bikes at Indian Motorcycles’ newest model.

“We`ve engineered it, manufactured it from the ground up, it`s a brand new bike, no one unless they have gone to a demo ride has ridden this bike or seen this bike, it was launched in Sturgis just about a month ago so we`re excited that it being one of a kind,” said Joel Harmon, District Retail Manager for Indian Motorcycles.

Victory Motorcycles based out of Minnesota showing off their speed.

“They`re high performance powered bike a lot of torque and power in them and you can really feel that acceleration when you hop on it, it`s a very smooth, fun ride,” said Dan Lindahl, Sales Representative for Victory Motorcycles.

Nancy and Bob Nelson traveled to Fayetteville from Minnesota and said the drive through Arkansas is what they enjoy most about the rally.

“The best thing for me in Arkansas is the riding in the hills, you see the leather, you see the vendors, the dealers and everything else but the riding is where it`s all at, that`s the purpose coming down here,” said Bob Nelson.

But it`s not just about bikes at motorcycle village, a group called Hellfighters set up a booth  doing face painting, airbrush tattooing  and helping out with the upcoming poker run.

“We have over 60 Hellfighters driving in from Mississippi, Louisiana, East Arkansas and they are coming here to minister, give out free water,” said Paige Niblett.

Thursday there will be a train shuttle that runs from Dickson Street to Motorcycle Village for $3 per person for a one-way trip or $5 per person for a round trip.

Thursday the shuttle runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday it runs from 9 a.m. to midnight.