Riding enthusiasts agree that some of the best motorcycling in America is in the Ozarks. Built on that simple premise, a festival was organized 18 years ago with no budget and heavily dependent on volunteers. The first event drew about 350 motorcyclists. Now, thousands of bikers are expected to this annual event.
The 18th annual Mountains Music and Motorcycles will be held Aug. 19, 20, and 21 in downtown Mountain View, Ark. Visitors to the event, which is open to all ages and free, will be able to take part in a variety of activities.
“This annual event is a favorite of many people — it’s good family fun and a very relaxed atmosphere,” said Rianna Kendrick, event chair and Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce director. “We are always pleased to have the bikes back to Mountain View. This event means a great deal to the community and the charities it supports.”
Friday events will include shopping on the square with local merchants and vendors; a contest of the loudest pipes; and a pie eating contest. A charity poker run is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. And live music featuring Tripping Nicky will start at 7 p.m. downtown. Poker run winners will be announced right before the music show.
Saturday events will kick off at 8 a.m. with the start of a Motorcycle Poker Run and Car Show. Opening ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Biker Games, a crowd-pleasing favorite, comes next on the schedule.
There will also be a cornhole tournament, a pepper eating contest, and a beard contest on Saturday. All winners will be announced before the music show.
“We end the evening on Saturday with two more high-energy bands: Eddie Haskell Project, a returning favorite, and a new band, Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band,” Kendrick said. “Both of these groups continue the tradition of having great, crowd-pleasing bands playing free to the public on the square.”
Mountains Music and Motorcycles is still operated and managed by volunteers. The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event and all funds raised pay for the event. It has been a major fundraiser for multiple charity groups through the years.
“We like to use the Poker Runs as a way to give back to the community,” Kendrick said. “This year’s charities will be RU4C and Camp 10:14, and Stone County Abuse Prevention.”
All activities are centered in downtown Mountain View. The event ends Sunday morning with a biker church service in the natural setting of the city park amphitheater.
Parking around the historic town square is restricted to motorcycles only during the event. It has grown from the town square to encompass many side streets and other business parking lots. The event brings in visitors that are exposed to the unique culture of this area and generates thousands of dollars for the economy of the region. Mountains Music and Motorcycles focuses on the fact that Mountain View and the region is a motorcycle destination for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation. Roadrunner Magazine has named the Ozark Mountain Region around Mountain View one of the top 10 riding destinations in America.
Ad paid for by City of Mountain View with state and Ozark Gateway regional funds. For more area information, visit OzarkGateway.com or call 1-800-264-0316.