After careful consideration and recommendations from public health and public safety officials, the Steel Horse Rally will be rescheduled for May 7th and 8th, 2021. The charity motorcycle rally is dedicated to all who serve and helps local charities and the community. In less than five years, the Steel Horse Rally has grown into to one of the largest two-day events in the region and is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle rallies in the country.
“The safety of our attendees, volunteers and all who attend the Steel Horse Rally is paramount,”said Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity President Dennis Snow. “With the current health emergency restrictions and uncertainty about the future, the decision to reschedule the rally was really out of our hands. We are devastated to have to make this announcement on behalf of our board, volunteers and sponsors.”
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity relies on donations and sponsors to keep the rally operating from year to year. You can make a charitable donation online at www.TheSteelHorseRally.comThe Steel Horse Rally on May 7-8, 2021 will benefit four local charities: The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, the Fort Smith Museum of History, Antioch for Youth and Family, and the Children’s Service League.
The newly rescheduled Steel Horse Rally will feature the inaugural Cops & Cones Motorcycle Exhibition, Thunder through the Valley Motorcycle Parade, the Miss Steel Horse Rally Contest, a new entertainment location in the heart of downtown Fort Smith, plus many other events.
“The only thing predictable about the future, right now, is that it is unpredictable,” Snow said. “As individuals, we must continue to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones by washing our hands, social distancing, and following recommendations that will help us put this virus in our rear view mirror!”
The Steel Horse Rally Adds Exciting New Event
The 6th Steel Horse Rally roars into downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas on May 7th & 8th, 2021. The rally continues the tradition of adding new and exciting events. The Steel Horse Rally is proud to announce the inaugural “Steel Horse Rally Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition.” This exhilarating new family-friendly event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th in the 1100 block of Garrison Avenue.
The annual charity motorcycle event is dedicated to all who serve: military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders, and this new event will showcase the riding expertise of motorcycle officers from all over the state of Arkansas. This event will not only highlight the riding talents of the host department, the Fort Smith Police Department, but also Van Buren, Fayetteville and other departments and agencies throughout Arkansas.
“This is an exciting event to watch for all ages, plus children will be able to take photos on the motorcycles after the event,” said Steel Horse Rally Inc. President Dennis Snow. “This is a great public relations opportunity for all law enforcement to interact with our community, plus it gives our community an opportunity to get to know officers in a relaxed setting.”
Snow said the SHR Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition will take place right in the middle of Garrison Avenue making it easy for crowds to watch law enforcement officers navigate a precision course through orange cones.
Fort Smith Police Department Motorcycle Supervisor Sgt. Steven Creek added, “We are so proud to strengthen our bond with the Steel Horse Rally, showcase our riding abilities, all while getting to know our community.”
The Steel Horse Rally is scheduled to debut its new entertainment headquarters in the 600 block of Garrison Avenue, right across from First National Bank of Fort Smith, the Official Bank of the 6th
Steel Horse Rally. This new location will feature the main entertainment stage showcasing the best of local talent, a VIB (Very Important Biker) Area, vendors, and sponsors.
Snow said the 6th Steel Horse Rally promises to be the most exciting rally yet.
“Crowd favorites like the Thunder Through the Valley Parade, the Vendor Village, and the Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest are all scheduled to return for this year’s rally,” Snow said. “Attendees of this year’s rally will be able to park their motorcycle in the middle of Garrison Avenue and walk to all of these events now centered on Garrison Avenue. This ultimately adds to the sizzle, sound and excitement of the 6th Steel Horse Rally.”
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 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 inaugural Steel Horse Rally was held in 2015. Over the span of 5 short years, the rally has had a total estimated attendance of nearly 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 Board of Directors takes great effort to make this annual charity motorcycle rally a family-friendly event,” Snow said. “The addition of the new Steel Horse Cops and Cones ensures that the tradition will continue for the 6th Steel Horse Rally.”
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity is proud to announce that Vendor Applications are now available for the 2023 Steel Horse Rally that rolls into Fort Smith on May 5th & 6th, 2023.
The Steel Horse Rally is held the first weekend each May and the charity motorcycle event is dedicated to “All Who Serve” and helps several local charities and the community. In 2022, the Steel Horse Rally shattered previous attendance records with an estimated 200,000+ attendees for for the two-day event and a positive local economic impact of more than $22 Million. The unique setting of the Steel Horse Rally gives motorcycle riders an opportunity to park their bikes in the middle of historic Garrison Avenue - one of the widest historic downtown "Main Streets" in the USA. Attendees can park just steps away from all of the vendor areas and entertainment at the Steel Horse Rally.
Since it was established in 2015, the two-day event is one of the premiere events in the region. Each year, local charities and charitable organizations apply and several are selected to be recipients of the donations generated at the annual Steel Horse Rally. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity has donated more than $125,000 plus in-kind donations to local charities and charitable organizations. Plus the Steel Horse Rally gives organizations a unique way to get their message to the community at the Steel Horse Rally by donating informational booth spae to proganization who are selected after going through an application Process.
A huge part of the success of the rally comes from the unique contributions that vendors bring to the Steel Horse Rally. The Steel Horse Rally is a family-friendly rally and there is no admission fee for people to enter the vendor areas. All items to be sold must be approved by the Steel Horse Rally Inc. before the event. There are vendors fees and vary upon space and items needed (including electricity, water, additional parking passes, etc.). All applications, photos, documents, and payment must be received by the dates on the vendor application to avoid late fees.
The Steel Horse Rally has vendors in three areas centered around Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith. During the rally, portions of Garrison Avenue are open to motorcycle traffic only and motorcycles may park "nose-to-nose" on the yellow line in the middle of the avenue (very close to the vendor areas!). The three main Steel Horse Rally Vendor locations for 2023 include:
Vendors near the Steel Horse Rally Entertainment Stage and VIB (Very Important Biker) Area: 601 Garrison Avenue (in parking lot across the street from First National Bank of Fort Smith)
SHR Vendor Village: located in the 800 Block of Garrison Avenue, right in the middle of foot and motorcycle traffic during the Steel Horse Rally. This is where official Steel Horse Rally merchandise will be located and the SHR Inc. info tent. This is where the food court, restroom facilities are located.
Vendors at Cisterna Park near General Darby Statue: located in the 1000 block of Garrison Ave., next to the statue of General William Darby on a motorcycle, this location is right next to the giant American flag where motorcycles ride during the Motorcycle Parade on Saturday and near where the Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition will be on Saturday morning of the rally.
Steel Horse Rally vendor areas are located in the heart of historic downtown Fort Smith and close to all rally events and convenient motorcycle parking. The Steel Horse Rally Motorcycle Parade ends on Garrison Avenue right next to the vendor areas. The Steel Horse Rally is THE place to be: Featuring 80+ unique vendors that have all kinds of foods, services and wares!
and features vendors from around the country (and world) to bring their unique wares, delicious menu items and more to Fort Smith, Arkansas. For anyone interested in being a vendor at the 2020 Steel Horse Rally, please contact the Steel Horse Rally Inc. office first via e-mail, phone call or text to make sure that we can accommodate your needs.
The 2020 Steel Horse Rally Vendor Application
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.