Mountains, Music and Motorcycles Enters Its 13th Year – Join Us August 18-20th!!
Mountains, Music and Motorcycles Enters Its 13th Year – Annual Event Draws Bikers From All Across America
Riding enthusiasts agree, some of the best motorcycling in America is in the Ozarks. Built on that simple premise, a festival organized thirteen 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 13th annual Mountains Music and Motorcycles will be held August 18, 19 and 20 in downtown Mountain View, AR. Visitors to the event, which is open to all ages and free, will be able to take part in a variety of activities.
“Friday the vendors open, and folks are encouraged to visit the downtown merchants throughout the day” said John Morrow, Event Coordinator. “The local VFW is also sponsoring a Poker Run for Friday. Friday evening we have two fantastic bands playing: The Syllamo Trio and Done Tore Down. Syllamo Trio is a local group of veteran touring musicians, and Done Tore Down is made up of members of the Lockhouse Orchestra, with Danny Dozier presiding.”
Saturday events will kick off with a Poker Run, Car Show and Shine and Bike Show. At 10am there will be the opening ceremonies. Biker Games, a crowd pleasing favorite, comes next on the schedule. Other events throughout the day include a stunt show and pepper eating contest. “We end the evening on Saturday with two more high-energy bands: The Arkansas Brothers and Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes,” John said. “Both of these groups continue the tradition of having great, crowd pleasing bands playing free to the publlc 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 is a major fundraiser for multiple charity groups through the years.
“We like to use the Poker Run as a way to give back to the community,” Morrow continued. “This year’s charity will be Royal Family KIDS, the Nation’s leading network of Camps, Clubs and Mentoring for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect.”
All activities are centered on downtown Mountain View. Sunday morning the event ends 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 Saturday’s activities. 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 in tax revenue for 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. As Roadrunner Magazine states in an article that focused on Ozark Mountain Rides (June 2010) “This is some of the finest motorcycling in the US, period.”
Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.