Frequently Asked Questions
Click on each question to see the answers to these frequently asked questions about the Steel Horse Rally.
How does the Steel Horse Rally help local charities?
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity that helps raise money for local charities. The annual Steel Horse Rally is dedicated to “all who serve” including military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders. Each year the Steel Horse Rally Inc. accepts applications from charities and organizations that make a positive impact in our community. After the applications are reviewed, the board of directors chooses several deserving charities to receive proceeds and special benefits from the Steel Horse Rally like booth space and an opportunity to get the word out about their organizations. This year the Steel Horse Rally Inc is helping several local charities including the Fort Smith Museum of History, The Buddy Smith Veterans House, Heroes on the Water, Earthbound Angels and ARC of the River Valley. For more info, click here
How much does it cost to attend the Steel Horse Rally?
While there is no fee to attend the Steel Horse Rally, donations appreciated and can be made online or at the rally at the SHR booth in the Vendor Village. Plus, there are several other ways you can donate (for more info, click here). Many rally events have no registration fee, like the SHR Thunder Through the Valley Motorcycle Parade which is open to all motorcycle riders or the Vendor Village. Some events, like musical performances and poker runs do have a minimum donation amount to participate. The SHR offers special sponsorship and VIB (Very Important Biker) packages. For more information, e-mail info@TheSteelHorseRally.com
Where can I find official Steel Horse Rally merchandise while at the Rally?
Official SHR merchandise can be found in the booths in the corner of the SHR Vendor Village that is closest to Garrison Avenue. All proceeds go to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. Merchandise from previous Rally events will be available for a discounted price.
How can I get involved and help the Steel Horse Rally?
The Steel Horse Rally is YOUR rally! We invite you or your business to make a tax deductible donation to support the Rally. We have several sponsorship opportunities and we can customize a sponsorship package for you or your business. We also have opportunities for vendors, volunteers, musicians and entertainers. Contact us at info@TheSteelHorseRally.com
Am I required to wear a motorcycle helmet?
Arkansas does not require adult motorcycle riders to wear helmets, however, all riders who are under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. In Oklahoma, motorcyclists under the age of 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet. We always encourage safety first and encourage riders and passengers to wear motorcycle helmets and safety gears. Most Rally events and rides take place in Arkansas and Oklahoma. It’s a good idea to check the laws of the state you may be riding through. All Missouri motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear helmets. For more information on motorcycle helmet laws, click here
What can I wear to the Steel Horse Rally?
Everyone is welcome at The Steel Horse Rally, no matter what you wear or what kind of motorcycle you ride. You are also welcome at the SHR, no matter what you wear on your jacket, vest or shirt (as long as it is not offensive or obscene). We have worked closely with the Fort Smith Police Department, Fort Smith Fire Department and local businesses, urging everyone to “roll out the welcome mat” for our visitors. While individual businesses may have their own dress codes, most welcome anyone who have a positive attitude (and cash or credit cards in their wallet or purse!) When riding in SHR motorcycle events, riders must wear approved protective eye gear. No nudity is allowed.
What's the story behind the Steel Horse Rally logos?
The Steel Horse Rally logos represent the strength, resilience and giving nature of the people in our community who make our world a better place. The SHR is dedicated to the military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders and the charity event helps local charities and our community. The logos symbolize the commitment of the Rally volunteers, board members, sponsors and members of the community to making the rally the best charity fundraising event that it can be.
The Steel Horse Rally logos are copyrighted and trademarked and are property of The Steel Horse Rally Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity. Any reuse, reprinting or other use of the logo or Steel Horse Rally images without the express written consent of The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a crime and is prohibited. Steel Horse Rally Gold and Silver Sponsors may use the logo with written consent. If you would like to become a sponsor of The Steel Horse Rally, e-mail us at info@TheSteelHorseRally.com
What's the weather like in May in Fort Smith, Arkansas?
One of the nicest things about Fort Smith, Arkansas is that we have nice days for motorcycle riding in almost every month of the year. Late April and early May are usually some of the nicest months of the year for riding. The temps can range from the 50s at night to as high as the mid-80s during the day. While Mother Nature can be unpredictable, temperatures are usually in the 70s. You’ll see lots of green leaves on the trees and flowers in bloom as you ride some of our great motorcycle roads. Be sure and pack a jacket for cool days and nights, a rain coat/rain suit in case it rains and lots of sunscreen for the sunny days. The temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the higher elevations like Mount Magazine (the highest point in the state).
Are there other Steel Horse Rally events throughout the year?
Yes, the Steel Horse Rally Inc. has several motorcycle rides, concerts and special events throughout the year including the annual Frozen Knuckles Run which kicks off the riding season each spring and helps raise money for the charity. We also have special events to recognize our SHR volunteers and make special donation presentations to the Rally charities. Our newest annual event is the Steel Wheels Bourbon Express which is an educational bourbon sampling aboard a special Arkansas & Missouri excursion train and benefits the SHR Inc. charity. To find out more about any of these events, e-mail info@TheSteelHorseRally.com and we will send you official SHR newsletters and e-mail updates.