Interview: Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Generates Millions Of Dollars In NWA

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Arguably the largest motorcycle rally in middle America, the 16th annual Bikes, Blues, & BBQ will start in two weeks attracting upwards of 400,000 people according to its director.

According to Director Joe Giles, an economic study done in 2013 by the University of Arkansas showed the festival generating between $69 to $80 million.

In a "5NEWS This Morning" segment that aired Sunday (Sept. 6), anchor Daren Bobb spoke with Giles, who said the great roads and scenery in Northwest Arkansas make the event so successful. He also said it is a charity-driven rally, so all the money stays in the area.

This year's event, scheduled to go from Sept. 23 to the 26, will start offering live music on Friday and Saturday at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. Organizers first used that venue in 2014, but will expand their use of it this year. Giles said the ballpark makes a good location because of its parking.

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  • usarmyairborne

    There is no way the Fayetteville BBBQ rally can even come close to Sturgis, the Mother of all motorcycle rallys.
    Official statistics show that in 2011, 416,727 attendees stayed for an average of 5.8 days and spent $183 per day. Those totals equate to about $458 million. This year, 2015, more than a million from all across the county and from overseas attended the rally. It a terrific rally, but it’s gotten to expensive for me.

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