Fayetteville Restaurants Stock Up On Food, Hire More Help Ahead Of Motorcycle Rally

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Hundreds of thousands of people will be riding into Northwest Arkansas for the Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally this coming week.

An estimated 400,000 people attended last year’s rally. With close to half a million people staying in the area for almost a week, local restaurants are preparing for a busy week.

"They compare it a lot to the NFL season, which I’ve definitely had my fair of that in the last week or two," said Tonya Shelton, Foghorn's assistant manager. "The entire place is definitely packed from one side to the other, so we get our work cut out for us definitely."

Shelton said they have even hired more staff.

"We put an ad out on Craig’s List. We pretty much advertise anywhere that we can," said Shelton. "Anybody we know we try to get in and fill out an application if they’re personable, have any kind of experience, we have them come in."

Shelton said they ordered more silverware and, of course, more food.

"Our inventory as far as food and prep goes, we have pretty much doubled or tripled it compared to our off-season where we don’t have [the rally], NFL, football games or any home games," she said.

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  • RickeyD

    So it’s all about the MONEY? Let me ask some very relevant 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