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.
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity is dedicated to honoring all who serve and helping the local community by generating thousands in donations for local charities. The positive impact of the Steel Horse Rally is felt by the entire region the Steel Horse Rally Inc. is now accepting sponsors for the 2023 Steel Horse Rally which will be May 5th & 6th, 2023 in Fort Smith, AR. The 2022 Steel Horse Rally brought more than 200,000 visitors to Fort Smith. The local economic impact of the 2022 Steel Horse Rally is estimated to be more than $22 Million (according to the Fort Smith Advertising & Promotion Commission). In just 7 weekends combined (since the SHR was first held in 2015), the Steel Horse Rally has had a total estimated local economic impact of more than $100 Million. The rapidly-growing charity event brings more visitors and tax dollars to the region than any other annual event in the area, plus raises thousands in donations for several local charities.