Thunder Through the Valley Motorcycle Parade Group Photo

The Steel Horse Rally thunders back on May 7 - 8, 2021.

The Steel Horse Rally thunders back on May 7 - 8, 2021. This year’s charity motorcycle rally honors all who serve and will once again have events in two states. The Steel Horse Shootout returns to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK on Friday May 7th. The Steel Horse Rally returns to downtown Fort Smith both Friday and Saturday featuring the return of family-friendly events plus exciting new additions.

“We’re so excited about the new location for the Steel Horse Rally entertainment stage and the ‘Handle Bar’ both located in the First National Bank parking lot, on the corner of 6th Street and Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith,” said Steel Horse Rally president Dennis Snow. “We’re also very proud of a new exciting event ‘Cops and Cones’ which will feature law enforcement from all over the state of Arkansas riding their motorcycles through a precision course at Towson Ave. & Garrison Ave. at 10 a.m., Saturday May 8th. This event will be hosted by the Fort Smith Police Department motorcycle unit and we currently have commitments from Van Buren, Little Rock Police Department, and Saline County motorcycle units that will participate in this family-friendly motorcycle exhibition. There is no admission charge, so bring the entire family as we honor law enforcement.”

The 2021 Steel Horse Rally will be the largest event to use the new Entertainment District ordinance in downtown Fort Smith. Attendees that make a $5 charitable donation for the official red Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup will be able to enjoy their favorite adult beverage while experiencing the sights and the sounds of the 2021 Steel Horse Rally as they walk through the Entertainment District. 100% of the sales of the cups will be donated to the four local Steel Horse Rally charities: the Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, Antioch for Youth and Family, Children’s Service League, and the Fort Smith Museum of History. The Steel Horse Rally Charity Cups will be available at the official Steel Horse Rally Information Booth located in the 800 block of Garrison Ave. (the second tent from Garrison Ave. next to the wall with the giant mural). The charity cups will also be available for donations inside and right in front of the Steel Horse Rally Handle Bar at 601 Garrison Avenue as well as at all participating bars, restaurants, and downtown businesses.

This year’s event sees the return of the Thunder through the Valley Motorcycle Parade. This growing tradition open to all motorcycles begins staging at 3:00 p.m. Sat., May 8th at Fort Smith Park at 5301 Riverfront Drive. Kickstands go up at 4:00 p.m. New for 2021, this year’s parade will be led by all law enforcement motorcycle units that participate in the inaugural Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition. The parade passes underneath a large American flag displayed by the Fort Smith Fire Department on Garrison Avenue. Everyone is invited to come watch the parade on Garrison Avenue and visit the vendors in the 600, 800, and 1000 blocks of Garrison Avenue and enjoy the live music and more on the Steel Horse Rally Main Stage at 601 Garrison Ave.

The Steel Horse Shootout returns to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK on Friday night May 7th. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. This year’s racing will be overseen by Xtreem Flat Track and will feature professional and amateur riders. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10.

“We are excited and grateful for the return of the Steel Horse Rally,” Snow said. “Like so many other businesses, 2020 was incredibly challenging for us. This year’s sponsors were vital to the keeping the Steel Horse Rally alive. A couple of months ago, we weren’t even sure if we would be able to have the 2021 Steel Horse Rally. We submitted a plan to the State of Arkansas Department of Health and it was approved. We realize that the Covid-19 virus is still a concern and we encourage attendees, staff and volunteers to wear masks and social distance when possible. We want everyone to be smart, be safe, be alive, and to enjoy this Steel Horse Rally and Steel Horse Rally events for years to come.”

Live music will return to the new Steel Horse Rally stage at 601 Garrison Ave., at the corner of Garrison Ave. and 6th St. across the street from First National Bank.

“This year we are proud to showcase some of the best musicians in our area,” Snow said. “Like so many of us, they are ready to get back to work. We are honored to provide the stage for them to share their passion for music.”

Live music starts at 7 p.m. Friday night and 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Everyone is invited to enjoy great musicians like Gary Hutchison, Mark Albertson, Johnny Fisher, and many more with a possible surprise guest. The Steel Horse Rally stage will also be the site of the 2021 Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sat., May 8th. If you would like to enter (and are at least 18 years old), please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Plus there will be the return of the People’s Choice Award, where those in attendance get to vote for their favorite contestant at the rally.

“All we ask for is great weather and for you to help spread the spirit of the Steel Horse Rally,” Snow said. “We invite everyone to be part of one of the fastest-growing charity motorcycle events in the United States. All of the information you need is available at the official webpage

The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a state-registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity and, in less than 5 years, has had a tremendous positive impact on the local community. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. has donated more than $100,000 to other local charities. The two-day event has brought nearly 300,000 visitors to the Fort Smith area and in less than five years, has had a total estimated positive local economic impact of more than $60.6 Million. More information is available and charitable donations can be made at

The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity established in 2015 to benefit local charities, honor veterans, military, law enforcement and first responders, and help the local community.