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Low Turnout For Bikes, Babes & Bling

Posted: June 12, 2011 at 5:58 a.m.

Georgia Brooks of Fayetteville, a member of the Chrome Divas, a local women-only motorcycle club, dismounts from her motorcycle Saturday after arriving at the Washington County Fairgrounds to enjoy the second Bikes, Babes & Bling motorcycle rally in Fayetteville. Go to photos.nwaonline.com to see more photos.

The crowds have always been an annoyance during downtown’s Bikes, Blues & BBQ celebration, which brings an estimated 100,000 people downtown annually.

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Make any excuses you want for the low attendance, the real deal is not that many people are interested in yet another BB and BBQ. We have one, it is great, there is no need to do a second one. "Babes" should attend the existing one and add the money for promotion to that cause.

Posted by: suek

June 12, 2011 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I agree that we may already have enough of these sorts of festivals with the one already established, but one of the main issues with the new one is an utter lack of promotion. I went to the website 5 days before "Bling" was to start and it was impossible to find the correct location for it. The only available map showed last year's location, which was on Dickson Street. That has since been updated, but way too late, and you still have to find it. The location is not posted in an obvious place on the home page as it ought to be. When I drove out there, I could not find any signage and drove past the entrance the first time. A day before the event I did hear a radio advertisement stating where it was. I think the main reason for poor attendance this year is a combination of bad location, bad promotion, and an uninformative website that was updated way too late.

Posted by: taminatress

June 12, 2011 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wouldn't want to wander around the frickin' fairgrounds in 90-degree heat either.

I put this mostly up to bad location, followed closely by no one caring...including the organizers.

Posted by: mcs

June 12, 2011 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Make it Big, Make it Bold, Make it One - the BBB - maybe a weekend before as a pre-empt

Posted by: Commentor

June 12, 2011 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )