Initial estimates indicate more than 425,000 people attended Fayetteville's 12th annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle event and the Parade of Power showcased the motorcycles and riders in all their glory.
The CEO of Bikes, Blues & BBQ, Ben Handford, told KNWA News that he expects, by the time crowd numbers are tallied, the number of people attending the 12th annual motorcycle event will surpass the 2010 number of 425,000 people. Hanford said, "This is the 12th year of the rally and looks to be the most successful."
Bikes, Blues & BBQ promised attendees "A wider variety of music, more venues, more attractions, and more of everything that you’ve come to expect from us!" They kept that promise. In fact, on Oct. 1, the last day of the event, it was hard to choose among all of the options on the schedule of events that were going on simultaneously. I opted, though, for my traditional favorite: The Parade of Power.
The RSC Rentals Parade of Power was held on College and Dickson Streets in downtown Fayetteville with Dickson Street being the main gathering place on the route for spectators. As you can see from the pictures below, it is quite likely that the prediction of "record crowds for BBB" will prove to be accurate.
Crowds lined the sidewalks as countless motorcycles and riders made their way down Dickson Street during the Parade of Power. Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Fayetteville, Ark. 10-01-11
My new buddy, Fat Boy from Oklahoma who is pictured below, is confident that there were more motorcycles at this year's Parade of Power than in any held in previous years. He told me he had attended Bikes, Blues and BBQ since it started and is certain he has never before seen this many motorcycles and riders participating in the Parade of Power. Fat Boy proudly showed-off his Harley Davidson ride, and he was not the only one to clearly be proud of the bikes they rode.
Riders at Bikes, Blues and BBQ during Parade of Power on Dickson Street. Fayetteville, Ark. 10-01-11
The event had something for everyone. Some of the more typical motorcycles and riders are pictured above, and there are certainly some atypical bikes and unique riders. There were bands in numerous locations during the four-day event, great food, many vendors, and much, much more. What makes Bikes, Blues & BBQ even more fun, if that is possible, is the fact that local charities benefit from funds raised at the event.