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The 2022 Steel Horse Rally thunders into downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas on May 6th & 7th, 2022. The record-setting 2021 Steel Horse Rally brought more than 135,000 visitors to Fort Smith and had an estimated local economic impact of $19.6 Million.

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 three local charities to benefit from the 2022 rally: Antioch for Youth and Family, the Fort Smith Boys Shelter, and the Children’s Service League.

The rally continues the tradition of offering a variety of action-packed events. The 2022 event will see the return of the Steel Horse Rally Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition. This fun and family-friendly event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th in the middle of Garrison Avenue in the 1100 block. It will feature motorcycle units from even more cities and municipalities this year who will be riding their motorcycles through the challenging course.

“The first Cops and Cones in 2021 was a crowd favorite and we are excited to see it’s return,” said Orval Smith, Vice-President of the Steel Horse Rally. “Working in conjunction with the Fort Smith Police Department, we’ve invited even more law enforcement motorcycle units to attend this year’s event. This is a great opportunity for the public to interact with law enforcement motorcycle officers in a positive environment.”

Fort Smith Police Department Motorcycle Supervisor Lt. Steven Creek added, “After last year’s successful Cops and Cones, we are excited to continue to strengthen our bond with the Steel Horse Rally plus, showcase our riding abilities while getting to know our community better.”

The entertainment headquarters of the 2022 Steel Horse Rally will once again be in the 600 block of Garrison Avenue, right across from First National Bank of Fort Smith, the Official Bank of the Steel Horse Rally. This year’s event will showcase live music by Messer, a rock band from Dallas, Texas, and the Steel Horse All-Star Band featuring some of the best local and regional talent.

For the second year, persons 21 and older who make a minimum charitable donation of $5 for a Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup will be able to walk with an alcoholic beverage throughout the Steel Horse Rally site and Fort Smith Entertainment District in downtown Fort Smith. The 2022 Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup will be available at participating merchants which will be listed on the official webpage at www.TheSteelHorseRally.com One hundred percent of the donations raised by these cups will go to the three local charities selected to benefit from the 2022 Steel Horse Rally.

The Steel Horse Rally has grown into one of the largest non-profit two-state events in the United States. Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK will host the 2022 Steel Horse Shootout that features extreme flat track racing on Friday night, May 6th. This officially sanctioned race will feature professional and amateur racers from across the country. This year’s event at Tri-State Speedway will also feature Micro Wrestling plus other entertainment surprises. Proceeds from admission benefit the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity.

The Steel Horse Rally is possible thanks to the incredible sponsors and a dedicated team of more than 200 volunteers. Several volunteers have returned every year including Betty Free who said that volunteering is very meaningful to her.

“I wanted my granddaughters to be proud of me for helping make something great happen every year. It’s a great cause and this is my small part in helping people,” Free said. “I truly cherish the friendships I have made since the beginning and look forward to seeing my returning volunteer friends and returning attendees that come every year.”

“These incredible volunteers give tirelessly or their time, efforts and talents and truly are the fuel for the rally,” said Steel Horse Rally president Dennis Snow. “Our sponsors, big and small, are the foundation of the Steel Horse Rally. Without their financial contributions and support of the rally and the community, the rally would not be possible.”

The inaugural Steel Horse Rally was held in 2015. Over the span of 5 short years, the rally has had a total estimated attendance of more than 300,000 visitors, donated more than $100,000 to local charities and has had a total estimated local economic impact of more than $60 Million. 

For more information about the 2022 Steel Horse Rally, VIB (Very Important Biker) packages, or how to become a sponsor or vendor, visit www.TheSteelHorseRally.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (479) 414-3775.

It takes an incredible team of volunteers to make the Steel Horse Rally a huge success! The Steel Horse Rally offers you a unique opportunity for you to help our community. If you'd like to be a Steel Horse Rally Volunteer, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Enjoy the Very Important Biker Experience at the 2022 Steel Horse Rally!

The Steel Horse Rally proudly welcomes the 2022 Very Important Bikers who made a charitable donation to help local charities. VIBs have exclusive access to all VIB areas at the Steel Horse Rally and enjoy a private VIB bar area, seating, parking and more! VIB Packages are no longer available online. If any are available, they will be available for a charitable donation at the Steel Horse Rally Tent starting at Noon Friday, May 6th. The tent is located in the northeast corner of Vendor Village, 800 block of Garrison Ave., 2nd tent from Garrison Avenue against the wall with the brightly-colored mural. 

Picking up your VIB Package: If you reserved your VIB package online before the rally, when you arrive at the 2022 Steel Horse Rally, you can pick up your VIB Package containing your VIB Pass & Official Steel Horse Rally gear in the VIB Welcome Area & Check-in located in the Steel Horse Rally Vendor Village (the parking lot in the 800 block of Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith.) Look for the second tent from Garrison Ave next to the wall with the brightly colored mural that has the “Steel Horse Rally VIB Check-In” sign on it. (No VIB packages or passes were mailed before the rally). VIB Packages will be available for pick up on Friday, May 6th from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at this location. When you arrive, please present a valid photo I.D. and a friendly Steel Horse Rally Volunteer will get you your VIB Pass, lanyard, armband, and the other goodies included with your VIB package. If you would like more info or directions, you can go to the webpage: www.TheSteelHorseRally.com and see the detailed maps.
The VIB Perks: This year, your VIB Pass includes VIB access to the Steel Horse Shootout, Friday, May 6th at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK. Located just minutes from downtown Fort Smith, at the races you will have VIB Access into the gate and into the VIB Shootout Lounge and Rooftop to view the races. Enjoy beverages from the private VIB Shootout Bar and complimentary food provided by The Lunch Box Cafe. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. In addition to the pro & amateur motorcycle racing, new for 2022: Micro Wrestling!
The 2022 Steel Horse Rally VIB Package also includes VIB Access to the VIB Area located in the First National Bank Parking Lot at the corner of 6th & Garrison (601 Garrison Ave. across from the First National Bank, the large white building with the big American flag on top). You can enjoy all of the live music, entertainment, & the VIB Area on Friday May 6th and Saturday, May 7th. The VIB Area and Handle Bar open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The VIB Area and tent feature VIB seating, tables and private VIB bar service. You can also park in the VIB Parking area located right next to the VIB Area. If you are heading west on your motorcycle on Garrison Avenue (toward the Arkansas River/Oklahoma), you can turn right (north) from Garrison Ave. onto 6th Street. Turn right onto A St. then take an immediate right into the VIB parking lot. Present your VIB pass and show your VIB Armband to the volunteer and you can park your motorcycle in the VIB Area and walk to the private VIB entrance that takes you right to the VIB Area. On Saturday night, watch the Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest at 8 p.m. followed by Messer at 9 p.m. on the Steel Horse Rally stage.
The Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup & the Entertainment District For a $5 charitable donation, you can get the official blue Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup and armband that allow a person age 21 or older to walk throughout the Steel Horse Rally and downtown Entertainment District with an adult beverage. 100% of the $5 charitable donation goes to three local charities: Antioch for Youth and Family, the Children’s Service League, and the Fort Smith Boys Shelter. The Steel Horse Rally Charity Cups will be available from the Steel Horse Rally Handle Bar near the VIB Area and at other participating bars, restaurants, and businesses.

Enjoy the Steel Horse Rally! You truly are a Very Important Biker to the Steel Horse Rally. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your experience even better. Thank you so much for your support of the Steel Horse Rally Inc. and thank you for helping us honor all who serve and help local charities. The entire Steel Horse Rally Guide and rally information is available at www.TheSteelHorseRally.com Have a great time at the 2022 Steel Horse Rally!

The 2022 Very Important Biker Package includes:

  • An official 2022 Steel Horse Rally T-shirt. Choose the size you want (size S-2XL). This is the ONLY way to reserve an official Steel Horse Rally T-shirt which completely sold out again last year.
  • Official Limited Edition VIB Laminated Pass
  • Limited Edition VIB Armband
  • Commemorative lanyard
  • Additional Steel Horse Rally surprise items!
  • Exclusive VIB Access to watch pro & amateur racing at the Steel Horse Shootout, Friday, May 6th at Tri-State Speedway, including gate admission and Free parking. 
  • Entrance into the VIB Shootout Lounge with 360-degree views of The Steel Horse Shootout and Tri-State Speedway on Friday night, May 6th. Enjoy the private air-conditioned VIB Lounge, bar and tables and seating in the bar and in the open-air rooftop. Dine on complimentary food provided by The Lunch Box Cafe. (The Lunch Box Cafe is located in Huntington, AR, just a short motorcycle ride from downtown Fort Smith, AR.)
  • Exclusive VIB Access to the VIB Tent & VIB Area at the Steel Horse Rally Entertainment Stage on Garrison Avenue both Friday May 6th & Saturday, May 7th. Located at 601 Garrison Avenue (the parking lot at the corner of 6th & Garrison, across from the historic First National Bank Building). Have the best (and only) seats and tables for all of the Steel Horse Rally Live Music, Entertainment and Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest.
  • Enjoy service from dedicated Steel Horse Rally Handle Bar staff in the VIB Tent. Skip the lines and just have a good time! Special pricing available on beverages in VIB Area only on Saturday night.
  • VIB motorcycle parking (when and where available)

 *Donations to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity may be tax deductible. Consult your tax professional for details. Events are rain or shine and times, bands, racers and performances are subject to change. Rain date for Steel Horse Shootout will be Saturday, May 8th starting at noon. No refunds or exchanges. Your donation to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. may be tax deductible. Contact your tax professional for details. All VIB passholders must be 21 years old or older with a valid photo I.D. No exceptions will be allowed. No coolers, pets, umbrellas, firearms, fireworks, weapons, or large items will be allowed at any of the venue. No professional video camera or recording devices. All items brought to venue are subject to search.

For a complete list of Steel Horse Rally events, visit: https://www.thesteelhorserally.com/rally-guide 



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.