BY MELANIE BUCK –
The 17th annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous is coming to town once again and one local charity benefits greatly from this long enjoyed motorcycle rally event. Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas, a child advocacy agency, said last year the event brought in a record $6,500 that helped 84 children in foster care. She hopes this year’s event brings even more and is inviting the local community to participate in this unique event.
September 15th thru 18th, motorcycles from around the country will stay atop Rich Mountain at night to visit and 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 State Park Lodge.
The event offers meals as well. 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.
Martin said 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.