New Women Motorcycling Rally To Be Held

Women gather in southern midwest states

A new women and motorcycle is rally shaping up in the southern Midwest region called Bikes Babes amp; Bling scheduled for July 1-3, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bikes Babes amp; Bling is the sister rally of the Bikes Blues amp; BBQ festival which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2009. The goal of this first time female oriented event, say rally organizers, is to focus on providing women a safe and fun experience where they can come together to share their love of motorcycles and riding.

Bikes Babes amp; Bling came about because Bikes Blues amp; BBQ organizers started seeing a marked increase in the number of women riders attending their event. “Weve been noticing more and more women becoming riders and the women involved with our organization have been saying we should do something for the ladies,” event director Coleson Burns tells WRN exclusively. “So we finally got the board to agree on this. There is a huge part of the market that are women and we want to honor them in some way.”

The three-day rally in northwest Arkansas, which is open to men, will focus on women and their needs and desires with a ladies only bike show, ladies only parade, live music, a poker run, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and female focused vendors. Coleson tells WRN that organizers are also planning a “bike crawl” much like a pub crawl but instead of visiting bars along the way, the women will be stopping at spas and shops.

For a little fun and humor there will be a Bubba Contest where women can submit their husband, boyfriend or male friend to take part in what is basically a male version of a bikini contest. “Much like we have the Babe Contest with Bike Blues amp; BBQ, we want to do a Bubba Contest more for humor than the #8216;ooohs and aaahs,#8217;” says Coleson.

While the events dates fall on the July 4th holiday weekend, Coleson says, “This could work for us, or may work against us. Well have to wait and see.”

Bikes Babes amp; Bling is free of charge and open to all riders. Much like its sister rally, the event is set up as a non-profit so all profits will go to designated charities that Coleson says will be benefit women and children. Local charities submit requests and the board decides who gets the money. In 2009, the Bikes Blues amp; BBQ donated $48,500 to 33 charities.

Bike Blues amp; BBQ has grown over the years as the largest rally serving the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri region. As its gotten bigger, the event draws people in from Kansas, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Coleson and his team hope Bike Babes amp; BBQ will grow much the same way eventually drawing riders from outlying states.

People interested in attending are encouraged to visit for more information. WRN will also keep up to date on developments and report them here. Were told hotel package deals are being put together and sponsorships and vendor information is now available by contacting Coleson Burns at, or by calling 479.527.9993.

More information on the Bike Blues amp; BBQ rally, held September 29 through October 2, can be found by visiting this Web site:

13 thoughts on New Women Motorcycling Rally To Be Held

  1. Is there a date for 2011 yet…its great fun….thanks.

  2. Missed it last summer and was checking in… hoping that it is coming back!

  3. Just heard about this! I’ve recently started riding again after a 10 year hiatus and am looking for some nice folks to ride with. Looking forward to this rally.

  4. Have booked a room. Went to BBand Bq last fall. The rides are great. Lots of other towns to visit. Hope Bikes Babes and Bling is a success.

  5. This is great another bike rally in Fayetteville. I have lived here for five years and started riding about three years ago. I love the rallies here. Bikes,Blues & BBQ is great but more male friendly. If you have never ridden in Arkansas you will be amazed at the wonderful roads we have around this area. Hope to see a large group so that we can continue to do this next year also.

  6. I was looking for a holiday road trip. This will be it. My husband and I always ride for the week, over the Fourth of July. If, he won't go, I'm asking my girlfriend.
    I'm excited!

  7. Ride with 100 women in Harleys Angels. We have donated more $415,000 for breast cancer research in 7 years! We offer a calendar for $15 donation of the women and their bikes. Check out our Web site, Awesome idea, hope to ride up with a group. We are about bling!

    Director, Harleys Angels

  8. I think that this is a awesome thing that ya'll are doing. It sounds like it will be a blast me and my family can't wait.

  9. Great idea…just go.

  10. The 3rd of July is our LOH meeting and I am trying to plan a trip to Fayetteville for this event. Please keep us updated of things going on. Can't wait to see how it works out. So looking forward to going.

  11. This rally sounds like fun! We have a small group of female bikers here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called the “Ladies of the Lake.”

  12. What a great idea. Hope the 4th isn't a bad thing. I come from Erie, PA, and ride with a group every Thursday night and we do supper someplace and enjoy the companionship. I started riding in 1978 when there were only three of us ladies on our own bikes. Now our roster jumped in one year from 30 ladies to more than 100. I have since moved to TN and am looking for ladies to ride with. I hope more events get planned with us in mind.

  13. This is a great idea! It's also during a time when families may attend as kids won't be in school. I'm a teacher, so July really works for me, unlike the Milwaukee rally in May. I love the idea, and will try to see if my daughter can attend as well!

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