ROGERS, Ark. — Officials with Bikes, Blues, and BBQ have announced the annual rally will be moved to Rogers for 2022.
The motorcycle rally has been a fall staple on Dickson Street in Fayetteville for more than 20 years.
The past two years, rally events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The University of Arkansas terminated its license agreement with organizers of the rally last year due to the surge in hospitalizations caused by COVID-19. That meant Baum-Walker Stadium could not be used as the event's main stage, and university parking lots could not be used for the rally.
This year's rally will be held Oct. 5-8.
"God willing, we will have a super cool event to make up for the lost ground over the last two years," said Tommy Sisemore, Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Executive Director.
Sisemore says they partnered with the Rogers-Lowell Chamber and it was time to tap into the more northern market since it is already a regional event. He says more information will come out in the next few weeks.
"It will be a good regional partnership but everyone in the region will still benefit from the impact," said Raymond Burns, CEO of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber.
Burns says Rogers has hotels, hospitality and dining that is "second to none." He says it's too early to tell where the main events will be held, but the city has the Convention Center, the AMP and a stage downtown that would be great for anything needed.
He says the chamber is glad to partner with an event like this that raises so much money for our local non-profits.
Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is a nonprofit motorcycle rally that benefits women, children and the underserved member of the Northwest Arkansas community.