BY MELANIE BUCK –
CASA of the Ouachitas is excited to host the 18th annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous that benefits the local advocacy agency that in turn, benefits dozens of foster children each year. The long-standing motorcycle rally tradition fills Queen Wilhelmina State Park with people who share a love of two ideas – riding motorcycles and giving to those in need.
Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas (Court Appointed Special Advocates), said recent years of the event have brought in record numbers including $6,500 in 2015 that helped 84 children in foster care. She hopes this year’s event brings even more and is inviting the local community to participate.
September 14th thru 17th, motorcycles from around the country will stay atop Rich Mountain at night to visit and then enjoy motorcycle rides throughout the day, all while benefitting CASA. Some attendees stay in tent camping, while others choose RV sites or a room at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.
The event offers meals, hand-cooked by Martin and her volunteers. Martin said that a continental breakfast is served on Friday and Sunday mornings, while Saturday morning is reserved for their big, country breakfast. On Friday night, grilled hamburgers will be served for supper, along with beans and homemade desserts. Saturday night, the menu will consist of pulled pork, brisket, all the fixings, and dessert. There will also be prize giveaways during the rally.
During the day, participants generally take their own rides through the scenery of the Talimena Drive and the surrounding area, sometimes in groups and sometimes in pairs. During the evenings, the participants visit with others who have been a part of the event for years, and meet new participants as well.
Martin said, “With plentiful food, excellent entertainment, a tour through a private classic car and motorcycle collection, miles and miles of beautiful scenery, the hospitality of the organizers, and camaraderie and fellowship with attendees from across the country, this Rendezvous will be remembered for a long time.”
To join the rally, contact Martin at the local CASA office, 479-243-9277 or their website, www.RMR4CASA.com. Registration is $50 per person and includes breakfast and dinner each day.