What was your impression of Bikes, Babes & Bling?

Remember back in November when the folks at Bikes, Blues & BBQ announced a sister rally called Bikes, Babes & Bling?

That was a crazy day.

After that, the event was headed to the City Council before it hit a roadblock and instead, turned into a long discussion about the permitting process for future events in the city.


Last weekend, Bikes, Babes & Bling happened in Fayetteville. The three-day event, funded in part by $20,000 in A&P funds, took place from Thursday-Saturday on Dickson Street.

KHBS/KHOG reported on Tuesday that “the city” estimated the economic impact of the first year event was close to $430,000.

Rally event director Coleson Burns told NWAOnline on Saturday that they won’t have an estimate on how many people attended the rally for a couple weeks.

“We’ll try to find out through the amount of trash generated, and through beer sales,” said Burns.

It took Bikes, Blues & BBQ ten years to become as large as it is today, and anyone who visited Dickson St. over the weekend knows that Bikes, Babes & Bling did not attract the 15-25,000 bikers that it hoped it might in the first year, much less anywhere near as many as big-sister (brother?) rally Bikes, Blues & BBQ attracts each fall.

Organizers are calling the first year rally a success. Did you attend? What was your impression of Bikes, Babes & Bling in its first year?