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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Randy Adams (left) places marinaded chicken breasts on the smoker Friday in the official barbecue tent during the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally in Fayetteville. Organizers put their interest in tailgating and making food for others to use in creating the first official event food option.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The average person might burn 100 calories walking up and down Dickson Street. A pulled pork sandwich from the official Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally smokehouse has about five times that amount, but who's counting?

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Workers cut up smoked chicken for sandwiches Friday in the official barbecue tent during the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Robert Hawkins, 14, (left) and Eileen Pearce fill an order Friday in the official barbecue tent during the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally in Fayetteville. This is the first year organizers have put together an official food option at the rally.

For the first time, festival organizers sanctioned an official smoker for ribs, chicken, sausage, turkey legs and, of course, pork. A shaded area with a restaurant-style setup gives meat lovers some refuge from the sun. One of the official motorcycle rally merchandise booths sits across from the smokehouse.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ


• Dickson Street Beer Garden: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• Baum Stadium Motorcycle Village: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Washington County Fairgrounds Saloon: Noon to midnight

• Monster Experience Venue at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale: Beer sales 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Event schedule

• All day: Factory demo rides, Baum Stadium

• 7 a.m.: Registration for “Battle of the Bikes,” Dickson Street Beer Garden

• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arkansas State BBQ Championship, Washington County Fairgrounds

• 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Car Show, Arvest Ballpark

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: “Battle of the Bikes,” Dickson Street

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Vintage Motorcycle Show, Frisco Park, First and Walnut streets in Rogers

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour, Arkansas Air and Military Museum, 4290 S. School Ave., Fayetteville

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Factory demo rides, helicopter rides, mini race track, Arvest Ballpark

• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Full Throttle Energy Drink Sampling, Arvest Ballpark

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Whataburger Family Tent, Arvest Ballpark

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fayetteville firefighters poker run, Baum Stadium

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: HOG registration and pin stop, Baum Stadium

• 1 p.m.: Bikes, Blues & BBQ karaoke wild card competition, Washington County Fairgrounds

• 3 p.m.: Bikes, Blues & BBQ karaoke finals, Washington County Fairgrounds

• 3:30 p.m.: Parade of Power, from Washington County Fairgrounds to Dickson Street

• 7 p.m.: Lawn mower pulls, Washington County Fairgrounds


Main Stage on Dickson Street

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Mister Lucky

• 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Divas on Fire

• 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Arkansauce

• 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: The Mixtapes

• 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Dead Metal Society

Blues Alley Saloon at the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Campground

• 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Brody Buster

• 9 p.m. to midnight: Dr. NOLA and the Soul Shakers

Source: Staff report

Former Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Tom Pagnozzi, who, with Clint Brannon, also a former Razorback, runs this year's smokehouse, calls the stretch at the Walton Arts Center parking lot "Hollywood."

Decorative lights stretch between the tops of the two stands. Pagnozzi and Brannon have already started talking about making the area bigger and better next year.

"We'll get a red carpet down the middle or something," Pagnozzi said Friday.

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Tommy Sisemore, rally executive director, listened when some people said last year the barbecue part of the rally could use some more attention. He knew exactly who to turn to.

"If Tom and Clint are doing it, it's first class," Sisemore said. An official smokehouse and food court also is stationed at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Having the additional culinary option equates to more money for charity, Brannon said. The festival gets a percentage of the sales, which organizers put toward the annual charitable contributions, he said. Last year marked a milestone with about $230,000 given to more than 40 nonprofit groups and school programs.

"Our whole entire goal is to make our food where locals would want to come and eat so the money stays here and to give back to charity," Brannon said.

Randy Adams, self-described "head chicken guy" at the smokehouse, doesn't anticipate getting a break during peak hours from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight.

"We started cooking Monday to stock up and it's just been rolling ever since," he said.

Cyndi Nance, dean emeritus at the University of Arkansas' School of Law, took advantage of the shady spot Friday and had a plate with Audrey Briggs and Tracy Deffebaugh, also from the law school.

"Before, the only place you could sit and eat was the beer garden," Nance said. "Having a spot that's not in the beer garden I think is a plus."

The smokehouse offered a variety of options, the trio said, from ribs to macaroni and cheese to fries and perhaps the most underrated of sides, coleslaw. Briggs went with the pulled pork.

"Some people like it hot and spicy, some people like it a little smoky. They have a great selection," Briggs said. "I like it smoky with a little kick."

Nance said in years past she has opted for the Greek to Me stand, owned and operated by Dimitri Sakellariadis. The Miami-based operation, which has come to the rally for almost a decade, offers up gyros, Greek salads, shish kebab, baklava and other staples from the cradle of Western civilization.

Sakellariadis has watched the festival grow. He's brought his Mediterranean deliciousness to events and gatherings across the country and one, albeit fairly obvious, thing has stood out to Sakellariadis about the rally.

"The bikes. The noise and the bikes. The crazy bikers," he said. "I love 'em."

NW News on 09/23/2017

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