Bikes, Blues and BBQ: Local officials report few problems during motorcycle rally

Thursday, October 3, 2019

By Samantha Jones and Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Local officials reported few problems related to the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally held over the weekend in Northwest Arkansas.

Although the annual rally is headquartered in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs is also a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts and thousands of bikes pass through Carroll County during the event.

Ryan Thomas of the Eureka Springs Police Department said one individual was arrested for public intoxication and there was only one accident in the city limits that required a police report.

Capt. Shane Stanley of Eureka Springs Fire & EMS said there were a few low-speed collisions involving motorcycles inside the city limits.

“When it's packed in the city limits they don't get too much speed when they're on their motorcycles,” Stanley said.

Stanley said there were some motorcycle accidents on Highway 62 west of the city limits but no major injuries were reported.

“There were several bike wrecks but nothing too bad,” he said. “It seemed like everybody was trying to be safe.”

Stanley said the fire department staffs extra manpower during the rally and also gets help from volunteers.

“We've got a pretty good volunteer group that comes in to help us,” he said. “Without their help it would have been a lot harder.”

Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said his department made one DWI arrest involving a motorcycle on Friday night but had no other issues.

Carroll County Sheriff Jim Ross said he wasn’t aware of any major incidents in the county during Bikes, Blues and BBQ.

“I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary,” he said.

Three people died in separate accidents involving motorcycles over the weekend in Washington County, according to Arkansas State Police reports, but it was not clear whether they were related to the rally.

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