HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville and Madison are revving their engines today after an announcement expected to bring big bucks to the area. After two years of planning, the Huntsville-Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled a major event coming to town.
"Wing Ding 37 will be coming to Huntsville and Madison county in September 2015," said Madison mayor Troy Trulock. The motorcycle convention celebrates the Honda Goldwing motorcycle. This morning Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle was at this year's Wing Ding in Madison, Wisconsin to announce the rocket city as the 2015 location -- while the CVB here in Madison county unveiled the news locally.
"We're expecting between 8, 000 and 10, 000 people to actually come, so thats an economic benefit of over 3 million dollars that will impact our local economy," said Judy Ryals, the director of the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ryals says that is a 'conservative figure,' showing that the economic impact is expected to be substantial.
"To unveil the event, we brought a first version Goldwing from 1975 in here today," said Mayor Trulock. The classic machine belongs to Billy Neal, better known as 'Pops.'
"I think its a good thing, i think its a good thing for the city and it will bring a lot of revenue in," said Neal. The Wing Ding will roll into town at the beginning of September. The Rocket City hopes to duplicate the high results they saw when they hosted the event in 1998.
"We had had the most attendees of any conference to that date," said Ryals, "and we hope to have another record year."