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Scrapin' could help "rev" up tourism

By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In they come, one by one, ready to see and be seen at Scrapin' the Coast.  One look around, and you see why the name of the event is very appropriate. 

It's an event that is quickly taking off says coliseum assistant director Matt McDonnell.  "This is our 8th year of the event, 7 years at the coliseum and it grows every year." 

Even though the cars and trucks are the stars of the show, it's the people who are going to make this difference, according to Eric Kendrick, the event organizer.  "You got these kids coming from all over, from California, from the east coast, the west coast, the north, all coming down here to support us and help this economy in this area." 

And McDonnell says that kind of support is welcome news to coast businesses that have been hit hard by the spill in the Gulf.  "Lots of people staying in hotels. This event draws people from all over the southeast so they're in our hotels, they're in our restaurants, they're in our convenience stores and that's good for business and we're glad to have them." 

But do the people who come here really reach into their pockets.  Anthony Trosclair says yes. "I'm Staying at hotels, eating out, gambling, spending my money." 

And it's that kind of attitude that has Scrapin' the Coast organizers feeling proud the coast has not been left spinning its wheels, says Kendrick.  "You can call any hotel down through here and they are all booked up and it's not because of the oil spill people, it's because of us, Scrapin' the Coast." 

Scrapin' the Coast kicked off this afternoon at the Coast Coliseum, and will run Saturday and Sunday from eight until five.

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