Fayetteville Businesses Prepare For Bike, Blues & BBQ Rally

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Thousands of bikers are expected to roll into Fayetteville for the yearly Bikes, Blues & BBQ event, which gets underway Wednesday (Sept. 21) and runs through Saturday (Sept. 24).

For 17 years, motorcycles have been a rumbling welcome to the area, and restaurants and bars along Dickson Street eagerly awaited their arrival, but not all businesses along the busy street get in on the excitement.

"People aren't here to shop at the local retail stores," said Lisa Sharp, owner of Nightbird Books. "They're here for street food and souvenirs of the event."

Sharp said she will be closed all four days, along with Arsaga's, a local coffee shop.

"I know there are people in town who enjoy it," Sharp said. "I know there are businesses in town who make a lot of money out of it, and I'm happy for those people, but personally, it doesn't do anything for me."

In 2015, around $150,000 was raised for several local charities. Rally organizers said the event has something for everyone.

"Bikes, Blues and BBQ is the largest charity motorcycle rally," said Tommy Sizemore, executive director of the rally. "We pride ourselves on being 100 percent family friendly. A place where you can bring your 9-year-old to your 90-year-old grandma."

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1 Comment

  • RickeyD

    100% Family Friendly? Let me ask these questions please…
    1) Why must the Rally be attended by motorcycles that are illegally equipped, illegally LOUD and in direct violation of Federal Law and Arkansas State Law, 27-37-601, which specifically requires that every motor vehicle operated on the roadways of Arkansas be equipped with the quiet “factory-installed muffler” or a muffler conforming to the specifications of the factory-installed muffler?

    2) Why does Mayor Jordan and Police Chief Tabor invite the Loud Biker Cult[ure] into Fayetteville (BY THE THOUSANDS) knowing full well that 60% to 80% of the motorcycles in attendance will be illegally equipped and emitting decibel levels that are four-to-eight times+ the legal total motorcycle noise emissions (logarithmic scale) of 80 dB(A) as required and restricted by the US EPA = that 80 dB(A) being the “minimum” level of motorcycle noise emissions protection for the general public?

    When Mayor Jordan and Chief Tabor invite these LOUD motorcycles into their jurisdiction, they know full well that every municipality on the routes to and from the BBB Rally will be bombarded by the illegal noise that has been proven to be detrimental to our health and welfare, especially the health and welfare, the quality of life of our children, our elderly, our handicapped – those most sensitive to this illegal noise nonsense. Why does AG Rutledge permit these violations to our civil liberties and our Constitutional protections to continue year after year? Permit me to ask another question.

    3) What exactly transpires at the BBB Rally that could not transpire with the motorcycle participants atop a legal motorcycle, with the US EPA compliant, quiet, factory-installed muffler affixed to said motorcycle?

    4) Why must illegal motorcycle NOISE be involved in what is advertised as a philanthropic endeavor/family friendly event? Why is the Loud Biker Culture permitted to usurp the rule of law specifically enacted for the protection of our health and welfare and our quality of life?

    5) One final question please. How has the Mayor and Police Chief of Fayetteville not been held Constitutionally liable/culpable seeing that for years they have opted to trade the civil liberties and civil protections of the citizens of Arkansas for profit – for political expediency? You say…Oh..it’s for charity – really?

    How has the Mayor and Police Chief been complicit in violating the law? By conspiring to NOT enforce the State Muffler Law and local ordinance regulating the dangerous and intrusive motorcycle noise present in overwhelming numbers at the BBB Rally and throughout the State of Arkansas, yet these “law enforcement officers” provide police protection services for the law breakers i.e. the Loud Biker Cult[ure] who run slipshod over the rights and protections of the tax-paying citizenry. How can this be? Why is this permitted to continue?

    I personally performed a Freedom of Information Request for vehicular noise citations issued by the Fayetteville PD over a six-month period of time in 2015 – a time period surrounding the 2015 BBB Motorcycle Rally where many thousands of illegally LOUD, illegally equipped motorcycles were traversing the roadways of Fayetteville and the State of Arkansas – after having been invited into our area by Mayor Jordan. Guess how many vehicular muffler citations were written and related arrests made by the Fayetteville PD over that entire six-month period for violations of the State muffler law and the Fayetteville City Ordinance? Come on and guess…

    NOT A SINGLE CITATION WAS ISSUED though Chief Tabor published a BBB Rally “Chief’s Letter” several years ago on the Internet/BBB Rally Website where he clearly articulates that the #1 problem – the #1 compliant during the BBB Rally is complaints by residents regarding the MOTORCYCLE NOISE – yet the Chief and his law enforcement community have done NOTHING!

    The Fayetteville PD and Mayor Jordan are complicit in violating the law and the 14th Amendment/USC 1983…and what has been done to correct this egregious, criminally complicit violation of our Constitutional rights? NOTHING!

    It’s a good thing that monies from the BBB Rally go to support charity…but must that good deed be tainted with illegal, complicit, Constitutionally violative/tortious behavior on the part of those responsible for protecting and serving our families?

    Rick Holtsclaw
    Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress