Wing Ding 34 —“Fun In The Fort”— Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 4-7, 2012—This year’s Wing Ding had 8,000+ attendees and began with a big ole Hoosier Hospitality welcome from the city of Fort Wayne. It was filled with great friends, great fun, and despite what Mother Nature had planned for Fort Wayne, the city and the local CVB did an outstanding job as host to our GWRRA family and the event was a huge success!

Kicking off Wing Ding 34 was a welcome party in the Amish community of Grabill, Indiana. Attendees enjoyed a trade show and events at the air-conditioned Memorial Coliseum. The 35th Anniversary celebration Rooftop Party at IPFW featured a spectacular July 4th fireworks display and the J&M entertainment show featured an evening of music, dance and comedy theater with Vocal Trash that was a hit with all attendees. Thank you to all who came and shared in this year’s event and to all who helped in making Wing Ding 34 the success it was. Congratulations to the following prize recipients:

GRAND PRIZES
New 2012 Gold Wing: Alice Schauss – Wakeman, OH
Roadsmith Trike Conversion Kit: Bobby & Coleen Knight  - Brandon, MS
Aspen Sentry Camper Trailer: James Tucker - Londonderry, NS Canada
Arai Helmets with J&M Integrated Headsets: Randy Galloway - Murfreesburo, TN
Neosho Starlight Utility Trailer: Gregory Day - Bellbrook, OH
Bushtec GL Quantum Trailer: Nina Dillon - Montgomery, IN
Rider Ed Trailer:Hannigan Motorsports Europa II Cargo Trailer: David Paxton - Fostoria, OH

GRAND 50/50
Wednesday: Sue Brown -  Seemore IN - $2135.00
Thursday: Kathy Peck - Lafollette TN - $1737.50
Friday: Josie Morris - Torrance, CA - $1500.00

GRAND 50/20/15/10/5
Saturday
20%: $2700.00 - Beverly Decker-Blunk - Louisville, KY
15%: $2,025.00 - Charles Cook - Canterbury, NH
10%: $1,350.00 - Patsy Schiavo - Orleans, ON Canada
5%:  $675.00 - Kenneth Breen - Williamsburg, VA

A complete listing of winners will be in the "Wing Ding 34 In Review" special section in the Wing World October issue as well as posted on our websites.

Wing Ding 34 Will Continue As Scheduled! - Fort Wayne, Indiana had a large storm this past weekend causing several blackouts and power outages. The Home Office wants to reassure everyone that the storm has NOT effected the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, or any of it's surrounding hotels. Wing Ding 34 will resume as scheduled with no interruptions.   For the most recent updates, please visit Fort Wayne's website: Click Here

Wing Ding 34 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, will feature more than 30 acres of on-site parking, an 8,000 seat arena, over 150,000 square feet of air-conditioned exhibit space and plenty of outdoor space for the Manufacturer Demo's and much more so that all daily events will be in one place! The Coliseum offers over 5,000 secure, lighted parking spaces within steps of the front door.

Located right on Highway 930, this easily accessible facility is located within a day's drive of 21% of the U.S. population. So plan on riding in, parking the bike and enjoying the ceremonies, hundreds of exhibits, manufacturer demo's, seminars, entertainment and more all in one location! We look forward to seeing you in Ft. Wayne, Indiana next July 4-7, 2012! View the Official Wing Ding 34 Spotlight

Come support your Region's Couple Of the Year!

Watch as they compete for International Couple Of the Year on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.  The selection process is from 1:30pm - 3:30pm in the Arena of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Come out and show your support! Below is a list of the region couples of the year...

Southeast Region (A) Greg & Renee Dempsey, New Market, Alabama
Northeast Region (B) Kevin & Robin Sedlak, Galloway, New Jersey
Great Lakes Region (D) Joe & Paula Swift. Indianapolis, Indiana
America’s Heartland Region (E) Bruce & Sherry Watkins, Jackson, Missouri
Southwest Region (F) Dave & Dee Gormley, Tucson, Arizona
South Central Region (H) Wendell & Marie Vince, Franklinton, Louisiana
Canadian Central Region (K) Alain & Suzie Mainville, St-Isidore, Ontario-Canada
Canadian Atlantic Region (L) Blair & Carol Embree, Port Williams, Nova Scotia-Canada
Appalachian Region (N) Mike & Dean Stokes, Mount Holly, North Carolina

Welcome,

Wing Ding 34 and Ft. Wayne, Indiana seem to just go together, like Peanut Butter and Jelly. What a great time we have had in the past at this great city. They have lots to do, plenty of great shops, restaurants, and most importantly ice cream shops. But, getting there is half the fun trying to decide what to wear, packing, and getting the bike ready for the road.

We would like to invite all of you to come early and have lots of fun with us for the Couple of the Year selection. This takes place the day before Wing Ding actually opens. These couples are rather special to us, as is the Couple of the Year program. It is such an honor to be chosen whether it be at the Chapter, District, or Region level. The excitement you feel when you get on stage and your Region is out there blowing horns, making noise, and just plan rooting you on is overwhelming. There is so much love and admiration in the room; we are surprised that the room doesn’t burst at the seams.

This journey we have been on has many memories for us that will last a life time. Everyone has been so nice that we feel we have known them forever. The hospitality given us has been just overwhelming, and greatly appreciated. We love you all. As our time draws near to pass the torch to the new International Couple we want to wish all the Couples, best wishes. So, come early and cheer your Regional Couple on in this special part of Wing Ding 34.

On your voyage to Wing Ding please ride safe and enjoy your stay in Ft. Wayne and Wing Ding 34.

Golden Memories,
Kirby and Sandy White

Wing Ding 34 Entertainment

An evening of music, dance and comedy theater with Vocal Trash! All prize ticket proceeds go to this year's charity, "Ride For Kids"
Event Details

Wing Ding 34
July 4th - July 7th, 2012.

Allen County War
Memorial Coliseum

4000 Parnell Avenue,
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1414
GPS: 41.112808,-85.125439
GPS: Lat: 41 6 46.1088
Long: -85 7 31.5804

Win A 2012
Honda Gold Wing
Motorcycle
GWRRA celebrates their 35th birthday! 
Join us as we celebrate our nation’s independence and our 35th birthday this July 4th at Wing Ding’s exclusive Rooftop Party located on top of one of the IPFW (Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University) parking garages. The Rooftop Party offers VIP viewing of the cities annual fireworks display. This evening will incorporate the Light Parade and features music, dancing, food vendors and more just for Wing Ding attendees!

Quaker Steak & Lube will provide the following menu option for $7.00.
Hot dogs with all the toppings, Potato Salad, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Potato Chips, Baked Beans Cookies & Brownies, Bottled water or choice of a Pepsi product To mark this special occasion, GWRRA will celebrate their 35th birthday with free cake for all rooftop attendees*, so be sure to join us as we celebrate Independence Day and our 35th birthday!

*while supplies last
Craig will host at least one of the following three presentations each day at Wing Ding this year: The Vetter Story: 1966-Present; The Honda Line Fairing for the GL1000; and The Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.

Wing Ding trade show is a motorcycling haven, featuring the newest in Gold Wing products and just about every motorcycling accessory, gadget and aftermarket product available for sale from our vendors. We feature over one hundred vendors, free parking, on site shipping and much more. Don't miss it!