Bikes, Blues and BBQ cancels 2020 event

Thursday, June 18, 2020

By Samantha Jones

The organizers of the annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally have canceled the event scheduled for Sept. 23-26 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is based in Fayetteville but Carroll County, particularly Eureka Springs, is also a popular destination for riders attending the rally. According to a press release, the event was canceled “out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well being” for the Northwest Arkansas community and nonprofits, attendees, vendors, staff and volunteers involved with the rally.

CAPC finance director Rick Bright said he still expects to see bikers in town that weekend, saying he’s already seen that happen with the Mustang Weekend. While the Mustang Weekend was canceled, Bright said, plenty of Mustangs came to town this year.

“They canceled, but they were all here two weeks ago,” Bright said. “The bikes are going to come here anyway, whether they officially put it on in Fayetteville or not.”

Bright said many bikers don’t even go to Fayetteville for the rally, opting instead to ride the curves of the Ozarks in and around Eureka Springs.

“They don’t come so much to see the concerts anymore,” Bright said. “I really think we will have a strong showing of motorcycles this year.”

Bright said he doesn’t expect the cancelation of Bikes, Blues and BBQ to hurt the local economy too much.

“My gut feeling is that we’ll see plenty of bikes that weekend,” Bright said. “I really think we’re going to rebound right back.”

The 21st annual rally is scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2021.

“Until then, ride safe and stay healthy,” the BBB release announcing this year’s cancellation says.

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