Mayor’s Salute to Veterans Fireworks Display:
A New Way to Honor Veterans during the 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally
For Immediate Release - March 20, 2019 (Fort Smith, AR - Home of the Steel Horse Rally)
Steel Horse Rally Inc. president Dennis Snow and Fort Smith Mayor George McGill are excited to announce a new addition to the 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally that honors all who have served our country. Mayor McGill is proud to announce the Mayor’s Salute to Veterans Fireworks display that will take place during the 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally and concert at dusk on Saturday, May 4th over Harry E. Kelley/Riverfront Park.
“We want our guests for the Steel Horse Rally to experience the Arkansas River Valley at it’s very best, meeting the great citizens and enjoying our fun places to take your steel horse,” said Fort Smith Mayor George McGill.
The Mayor’s Salute to Veterans Fireworks will be followed by the crowning of Miss Steel Horse Rally 2019, then multi-platinum national recording artist Fuel takes the stage at the 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally Concert at Harry E. Kelley/Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 4th. General admission tickets are available in advance for a $15 tax deductible charitable donation. If available, day-of-show tickets will be $20. VIB (Very Important Biker) Packages are available with proceeds going to local charities. Tickets and VIB packages are available for charitable donations on the official Steel Horse Rally webpage: www.TheSteelHorseRally.com
“The Steel Horse Rally is honored to be working with the new mayor of Fort Smith to honor our veterans,” said Steel Horse Rally president Dennis Snow. “We look forward to a great partnership as the rally and the city continue to grow together.”
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit charity that is dedicated to honoring all who serve and helping local charities and the community. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. board of directors has selected four local charities to benefit from the 2019 rally: The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, the Fort Smith Museum of History, Antioch for Youth and Family, and the Children’s Service League.
The 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally roars into Fort Smith, May 3rd and 4th, 2019. This year’s rally will feature unique events that draw people from around the country like the professional and amateur motorcycle racing at the Steel Horse Rally Shootout on Friday, May 3rd at Tri-State Speedway. The rally also has events that are fun and free for the entire family, like the annual Birds of Prey Show, Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m. at Cisterna Park and the annual Motorcycle Parade, Saturday, May 4th at 4 p.m. which rolls down Riverfront Drive and Garrison Avenue.
The inaugural event was held in 2015 and in less than 5 years, it has grown into one of the premiere events in the region. The Steel Horse Rally is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle rallies in the country with an attendance of more than 100,000 people. The 2018 Steel Horse Rally had an estimated local economic impact of more than $17.8 Million.
For more information about the 2019 Steel Horse Rally, visit www.TheSteelHorseRally.com or e-mail
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When you arrive at the Steel Horse Rally, enjoy some great rides on some of the top motorcycle roads in the country and help local charities. On Friday, see some of the best roads in Arkansas and Oklahoma on the 5th Annual Public Guardians Poker Run which begins at Gus's Bar & Grill at 821 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith, AR. This ride will take you by the historic Heavener Runestone that is still a mystery. Minimum charitable donation of $20 per bike, $5 per hand and $5 for extra cards. There will be prizes for best (and worst) hands! (See details below).
Then on Saturday, May 4th, the Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run takes you on the Thunder Loop which features some of the best roads in Arkansas including Scenic Hwy 23 (The Pig Trail) that has been named one of the top motorcycle roads in the country. Plus, Scenic Hwy 215 is one of Arkansas' hidden gems as it winds through curves by the Mulberry River and takes you to Oark, home of the oldest General Store still in operation in Arkansas. Registration begins Sat., May 4th at 9 a.m. at JJ's Grill at 5400 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. $15 minimum charitable donation per rider. (See details below)
Scenic Ride through Arkansas & Oklahoma
The Heavener Runestone
The Public Guardians is a non-profit group of Police, Fire, EMS, Veterans, Military and Medical professionals that raise donations for several public charities.
One of the poker run stops is at the Heavener Runestone Park. Heavener Runestone Park is a 55-acre park located near Heavener, OK. The park is operated by a non-profit organization and the Viking Festival is held at the park on two weekends a year serves as a fundraiser for operating and maintaining the park.
Opened in 1970, the park was established around the Heavener Runestone found in 1923, and most likely inscribed in the 19th century, perhaps by a Swedish immigrant. The stone is located on Poteau Mountain and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in southeastern Oklahoma. It is also, perhaps, one of the most controversial. The controversy centers on when the runes were carved into the piece of Savanna sandstone as well as on their translation. For more details about the runestone and the park, click here.
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For more info about great rides, click here.
The Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run
Saturday, May 4th Registration begins at 9 a.m. at JJ's Restaurant at 5400 Phoenix Ave., just minutes from downtown Fort Smith. Kickstand up at 10 a.m.
An official Event of the Steel Horse Rally, the Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run raises money for the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39. Registration and pancake breakfast for riders at JJ's located at 5400 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. There is a minimum $15 charitable donation for riders with proceeds going to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity and the FOP Lodge #39. (Cost for breakfast is separate).
The 2019 Steel Horse Rally names Charities and Concert Headliner: Fuel
The 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally roars into downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas on May 3rd and 4th, 2019. The charity motorcycle rally officially kicks off at noon on Friday, May 3rd. Vendors from all over the country will be set up in the 800 block of Garrison under the big mural and in Cisterna Park in the shadow of the General William O. Darby Statue.
This year the entertainment on Saturday, May 4th will return to the big stage at Harry E. Kelley Park/Riverfront Park, on the banks of the Arkansas River.
“We are very pleased to announce that this year’s headline act, the multi-platinum recording artist, FUEL,” said Steel Horse Rally President Dennis Snow. Fuel is known worldwide for chart-topping hits including “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” Shimmer,” “Falls On Me,” “Bad Day,” and “Innocent.”
“In addition to Fuel, we will also have live music by BeItTheMeans from Alabama, and Messer that hails from Dallas, Texas, and of course the crowd favorite Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest all from the stage at Harry E. Kelley/Riverfront Park on the banks of the Arkansas River. Advance Tickets and Very Important Biker (VIB) packages are available for charitable donations online on the official Steel Horse Rally webpage, https://www.thesteelhorserally.com/rally-info/concert Only a limited number of VIB packages are available, including an extremely limited number of Premium Fuel Meet-N-Greet Packages that include a pass to meet the band Fuel.
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit charity that was founded in 2014 and the Steel Horse Rally continues to be dedicated to “All Who Serve”: active duty military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders. Proceeds from the 2019 Steel Horse Rally will be donated to 4 local charities. This year’s recipients are: Antioch for Youth & Family, the Buddy Smith Veterans Home, the Fort Smith Museum of History, and the Children’s Service League. All of charities that applied and were voted upon by the Steel Horse Rally board of directors help provide services and assistance in the local community.
On Friday, May 3rd the Steel Horse Shootout II returns to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Oklahoma, drawing more professional and amateur motorcycle racers this year from around the country. “We had an incredible crowd last year and we are proud to welcome back the Vintage Dirt Track Racing Association for the 2019 Steel Horse Rally,” Snow said. “This is another family-friendly event and this makes the Steel Horse Rally a true two-state event!” The Steel Horse Rally Shootout II will also feature the Dealer’s Challenge to see which dealership in the region has what it takes to win, plus there will once again be racing classes for kids. For more information, visit www.TheSteelHorseRally.com
In less than five years, the Steel Horse Rally has grown into one of the area’s premiere two-day events and is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle rallies in the country.
“The Steel Horse Rally truly depends on our sponsors and our volunteers to make a successful event!”
Snow added that the first Steel Horse Rally Volunteer Team Meeting is slated for Saturday, March 16th at 10 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 700 Rogers Ave., in Fort Smith, Ark. “Come out and volunteer and see some old friends and makes a lot of new ones, plus make some incredible memories as you help us spread the Spirit of the Steel Horse Rally.”