Rally Guide




The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity recently presented donations raised at the 2023 Steel Horse Rally to three local charities: Antioch for Youth and Family, the Buddy Smith Veterans Home and the Children's Service League. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is proud to present these donations to local charities.

"This is the culmination of a lot of hard work involved with the 2023 Steel Horse Rally," said SHR Inc. President Dennis Snow. "A special thanks to the SHR Inc. board of directors, sponsors, volunteers, and each and every one of you who attended the 2023 Steel Horse Rally. Every time you made a donation for a charity cup or purchased an official rally T-shirt, you are making a positive impact on people's lives through these incredible charities. We couldn't do the rally without the support of the City of Fort Smith and all of our local law enforcement. Let's do it again next year on May 3rd & 4th in beautiful downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas!" #TheSteelHorseRally
Helping local charities

The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit charity with the mission of helping local charities and organizations that benefit children, veterans and/or the local community. Each year, local charities are given the opportunity to apply to be recipients of donations raised at the upcoming Steel Horse Rally. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. helps raise thousands in donations for local charities and charitable organizations. The SHR Inc. has also donated food, supplies, and volunteer time to several local charities and gives organizations a unique opportunity for charities to interact with the community during SHR events. 

The Steel Horse Rally Board of Directors selects several local charities from those who complete valid applications to benefit from donations raised at the 2024 Steel Horse Rally. The deadline for 2024 Steel Horse Rally charity applications was Dec. 31st, 2023.

To make a charitable donation to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity, click here.

Welcome to the 2023 Steel Horse Rally!

We are excited to have you at the 2023 Steel Horse Rally! The tradition continues in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas May 5th & 6th! Once again, the rally is proud to honor “all who serve" and raise donations for local charities. 

The Steel Horse Rally is proud to debut the "Steel Horse Strongman Showdown." This exciting new event will take place Saturday, May 6th beginning at 11 a.m. on 6th Street between Garrison Ave. & North A Street. This incredible new event is sanctioned by the Strongman Corporation and the professional athletes will be competing in the national competition. The even also features amateur men and women lifting ridiculous amounts of weight in a unique manner! You might have seen this type of competition on ESPN; Now you can experience the event live at no charge to you, thanks to our sponsors. This is a must-see event for the entire family and will take place right next to the main entertainment stage on 6th Street (Steel Horse Alley) in downtown Fort Smith. 

The Steel Horse Rally officially kicks off on Friday, May 5th, 2023 at noon. Come enjoy more than 80 vendors from all over the country. They will be set-up in “Vendor Village” in the 800 block of Garrison Ave. in downtown Fort Smith, the “Steel Horse Alley” area on the corner of Garrison and Steel Horse Alley (6th Street.,) and Cisterna Plaza (in the 1000 block of Garrison Ave. in the shadow of General Darby’s motorcycle statue.) Please be sure to sample the great food, products, and unique services that each vendor brings to this year’s event.

The 2023 Steel Horse Rally offers you the unique opportunity to walk throughout downtown Fort Smith with your favorite alcoholic beverage in this year's official Steel Horse Rally Charity Cup. The cups are available at the Steel Horse Handle Bar next to the main entertainment stage at 6th and Garrison as well as all participating bars, restaurants and businesses along Garrison Ave. The cups are available for a $5 minimum charitable donation and 100% of the proceeds go to this year's 3 local charities: Antioch for Youth & Family, Children's Service League and the Buddy Smith Home for Veterans. So we invite you to enjoy your favorite beverage while experience the sights and sounds of the rally and knowing that you are helping three great local charities.

You will be able to park your motorcycle in the middle of Garrison Avenue, one of the widest historic downtown streets in the USA beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5th and at beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th. The street will be open to motorcycles only from 5th St all the way to the Immaculate Conception Church (at 13th & Garrison). All we ask is that you put your front tire on the yellow line when you park your bike in the middle of Garrison Ave. during the rally. 

The main entertainment stage will be located across from First National Bank at the corner of 6th and Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith. Live music begins at 7pm Friday night May 5th and a Noon on Saturday, May 6th. This year's headliner is Hillbilly Vegas, plus crowd favorites like Gary Hutchison and other great bands. The Miss Steel Horse Rally Contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Right next to the main stage is the Steel Horse Handle Bar which opens at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday where you can purchase your favorite beer and mixed drinks as well as the Steel Horse Charity Cups. 

We welcome all of the Very Important Bikers whose official VIB pass and armband grant them access to seating in the VIB Area in front of the stage with a dedicated Handle Bar waitress to fill their drink orders. Plus VIBs get exclusive access to the VIB Shootout Lounge on Friday, May 5th at Tri-State Speedway with great food provided by The Lunchbox Cafe and VIB rooftop access that offers great views of all of the motorcycle racing action at the Steel Horse Shootout. 

We sincerely thank all of the volunteers for the 2023 Steel Horse Rally! These men and women give tirelessly of their time, efforts and talent and do so with a smile on their face. If you see a volunteer, shake their hand and tell them thanks. They truly are the fuel of the Steel Horse Rally! A special thanks to our incredible sponsors. These businesses make financial donations that allow all of the events in downtown Fort Smith to be experienced at no charge to you.

Most of all, we want to thank each and every one of you that attend the Steel Horse Rally and support the event by purchasing the official T-shirt, the Entertainment District Cup, and any other official Steel Horse Rally merchandise. We encourage you to get out and enjoy the many scenic motorcycle roads in our region and then return home and tell your friends about the great experience that you had at the 2023 Steel Horse Rally!


Ride Safe and Ride Hard!

Dennis Snow

The 2023 Steel Horse Rally Inc. President


The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity established in 2014 to honor veterans, military, law enforcement and first responders, and to help local charities and the local community.