Labor Day weekend expected to be busier than usual in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Labor Day weekend isn't usually this busy in and around the Rocket City, according to Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau leaders.

"It's a little big slower as Huntsvillians are out traveling and getting in that last vacation," said Judy Ryals, President and CEO of the CVB.

Restaurant workers agree, it's not usually booming around here this time of year.

"Historically, Labor Day weekend is kind of crickets in Huntsville," said Dan Thompson, the general manager of Asian Rim.

But now, instead of crickets, it's Gold Wings as Wing Ding continues this weekend.

"To have eight to ten-thousand additional people here with this conference, it's just going to be tremendous," said Ryals.

Local restaurants, like Asian Rim, are more than ready to see that special boom turn to bucks.

"I think the rising tide floats all ships," said Thompson, "But we are definitely wanting to get a chunk of the action."

Gas prices being cheaper than they have on Labor Day weekend in a decade, should also help with that he said. "We have bikers that have driven in from Ontario," he said. "If it weren't for gas prices they wouldn't have made that trek."

"If you feel like you are going to save more money from gasoline prices, then you might be more willing to get out and travel," echoed Ryals. And she said, the hope is that people will spend those savings wherever they end up.