GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Visitors for Cruisin' the Coast are starting to arrive, and despite the threat of severe weather, preparation continued as normal for the event's biggest vendor. ET motorgear provides the official apparel for Cruisin' the Coast. The company has worked with the event since 2001.
Rod Milligan, who owns the Knoxville, Tennessee based company, said Tropical Storm Karen had them worried.
"We stayed in contact with the executive director, Woody Bailey, and he gave me constant updates. And that's why we're doing our set up at the marina, here at the dock," said Bailey.
The Dock Bar and Grill in Gulfport graciously provided ET Motorgear use of their storage facilities to prepare the apparel.
Cruisin' the Coast Executive Director Woody Bailey said he didn't let any threat of the storm hinder progress preparing for the event.
"The dock here at their dry storage facility allowed us to come in and use this covered area so we can continue on with preparations for Cruisin' the Coast, whether Mother Nature had anything to say about it or not," said Bailey.
Usually ET Motorgear sets up at Centennial Plaza, which is known as Cruise Central. But fear of Karen pushed them inside. Bailey is hoping the rain will hold off for the Sunday morning Cruise in.
"We may have some rain tomorrow, but we're planning on Hardy Court. We're planning on the downtown Gulfport 'View the Cruise,' so things are still on go and we haven't canceled anything for Cruisin' the Coast," said Bailey.
The event kicks off Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Gulfport at the Hardy Court Plaza.