Wing Ding 37, coming to Huntsville this week, to bring big economic boost

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The announcement of Wing Ding 37 coming to the Rocket City put the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau to work.

Huntsville hosted the convention in 1998, and brought the highest attendance to date that year.

The focus this year is retention, with the big economic impact expected. The convention is projected to bring about $3 million in tourist dollars during the event.

"These folks come in, they're shopping here, buying gas here, visit our wonderful attractions and spending money here so we definitely feel that economic impact," said Jessica Carlton, the marketing manager for the CVB.

For those of us not in hospitality, research shows the average Madison County household saves about $650 in taxes annually due to tourist dollars brought in.

Residents are encouraged to be extra mindful of safety.  With thousands of bikers expected, always look twice on the road ways with the extra traffic around the downtown area.

The event will close down Monroe St. from Church St. to Clinton Ave. starting Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until Sunday around 6:00 p.m.

"The hope is the folks from Wing Ding 37 will like what they see and come back on a weekend when they have some free time and spend some time with us there," explained Carlton.

Between individuals returning and hopefully the convention returning, that economic impact will become a regular occurrence for the Madison County area.

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