VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - The tents are going up along Highway 90, the early birds are arriving and South Mississippi is getting set for a week long celebration.
"Cruising the Coast" doesn't officially rev-up until Sunday.
But the "pre-cruising" excitement is already well underway.
More than a dozen "cruisers" made a pit stop at Vancleave Lower Elementary Friday morning.
Youngsters dressed-up, fit for a sock hop, as proud owners displayed their classic rides.
Like Mickey Griffin's '72 Cutlass convertible.
"Oh, I like all of it. The old music. The cars. Just the camaraderie with everybody," said Griffin, from Pascagoula.
Glen Lynd will have a busy week ahead with the Magnolia Cruisers, telling visitors the story behind his '55 Star Chief Pontiac.
"My dad bought it new in 1955 from Nelson's Pontiac in Moss Point. I took my wife out in it when I was 16 years old. And I've still got both of them, the car and her," he explained.
The kids enjoyed strolling through the parking lot filled with classics, probably more impressed with cool colors rather than custom carburetors.
"These kids are just wonderful. And they've enjoyed it so much. And they're so cute dressed up in their skirts and little rolled up sleeves. Just darling," said Kala Farris.
Look for Bobby Hall's '57 Chevrolet two-door Belair hard top next week. It languished in his back yard for years before restoration.
"Had the car for about 28 years. It set out back, tore all to pieces until 2008. Finished it up for "Cruising the Coast" 2009. And I've been having fun with it ever since," said Hall.
He and others are anxious to share their cars and the often colorful stories behind the rides, as thousands of visitors converge in the coming week.
Vancleave Lower Elementary was a good warm-up crowd.
"To see kids of this age really enjoy looking at the old cars and getting a kick out of them, it's a lot of fun," said Hall.