American Powersports was a major sponsor of The Seneca County for Veterans American Veterans Traveling Tribute on July 11, 2012.
American Powersports partnered with Camden Falls and Carmie's Bar and Grill of Tiffin to bring the Vietnam Wall replica to Seneca County. This event was created to raise funds to build a Vietnam memorial for Seneca County in Tiffin, Ohio. It was also hoped this would help educate the public regarding Vietnam veterans, the strifes they encountered while in combat, and their struggle when they returned home. Planning began in June 2011 to organize the event. Many social clubs including the American Legion Riders, Eagle Riders, Rolling Thunder Chapter 5, Heaven-On-Wheels, and ABATE of Ohio helped plan the event, along with the employees of American Powersports and Carmie’s Bar & Grill.
Local law enforcement, along with the State Highway Patrol, were involved to help with the magnitude of riders expected to participate in the event. American Powersports was the host location for the beginning of the traveling tribute escort. The parking lots were cleared to make way for the thousand of motorcycles that would gather to escort “The Wall” to Tiffin. American Powersports hosted the riders who were greeted by two large tents -- for their comfort, as the event was held in the middle of July during the summer heat. Food and beverage vendors were assembled to feed the hungry participants. The nine-piece band, Expando Band, provided music to all in attendance. Over 3,500 riders participated in escorting this Traveling Vietnam Tribute to Tiffin.
Everyone who rode and those along the route showed dignity and reverence to “The Wall” and what it stands for. At Carmie’s Bar & Grill, the Vietnam War Experience Traveling Museum was erected in the venue's ballroom. This exhibit was well-attended by all who participated in the ride, and also by the public during the following four days “The Wall” was displayed in Carmie’s parking lot. It was estimated that over 15,000 people experienced this exhibit, which consisted of thousand of artifacts from the Vietnam War. Not only did the event raise over $10,000 for the Vietnam Memorial, it raised awareness in the public eye for the Vietnam Veteran.
This event was a major undertaking for the businesses involved, and thousands of dollars were spent to make it the special event that it was. American Powersports demonstrated that it is a business that is committed to being involved in worthwhile community events. American Powersports has noticed increased floor traffic since this Tribute Ride due to the tremendous exposure via newspapers and radio.