Downtown Bentonville, Inc. coordinates and hosts a number of events held in downtown Bentonville. One activity that lasts from March through November is themed First Friday
events. On Sept. 2 the event was called "Bikeapalooza" and as DBI notes it was "A celebration of the bike - from road bikes to mountain bikes and everything in between - this First Friday offers demos and stunt riders from around the country."
Lunch for Bikeapalooza was held from 11:30am to 1:00pm and then the main events took place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Digital Journal arrived on the scene just before 5:00pm. As is customary with the big bashes that DBI throws, there were numerous vendor booths and food trucks around the downtown Square. Among them were Phat Tire Bike Shop
, which has a location on the Square, and Hook-Line & BBQ and Catfish. The owner of Hook-Line & BBQ and Catfish graciously agreed to open his smoker and give me a peek at the ribs he was preparing.
At 5:00pm DBI's executive director Daniel Hintz took center stage at the Walton Arts Center Main Stage and welcomed everyone to Bikeapalooza. Hintz outlined the evening's festivities and then introduced the band The WayneBillies, which was followed by Zumba Dance and Lafuso. According to The WayneBillies Facebook page
, "they have expanded to a new level of hill country party music best defined as 'waynebilly' music."
In the end, though, this event was all about the bike and those who ride them. Bikes and cyclists filled the downtown area, including stunt riders and those participating in trials for The Slaughter Pen Jam 2011
The theme of next month's First Friday event is none other than "Oktoberfest," which will fill downtown Bentonville with the aroma of homemade bratwurst and folks dancing to traditional German music. You will find me at the Rootbier Garten.