BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's looking like it will be another record breaking year for South Mississippi's largest block party Cruisin' The Coast. Organizers said registration numbers are already way ahead of what they were last year.
From Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis, Cruisin' the Coast Executive Director Woody Bailey is spending much of his time in and out of meetings to work out the logistics for Cruisin' The Coast. Although the party officially kicks off Sunday October 4, the festivities will get underway a little early this year.
"There are a lot of moving parts and pieces to Cruisin' The Coast with it being an eight day event," said Bailey. "This year we're starting early as you may know with the Golden Nugget having Chubby Checker's birthday party on the Saturday night on the third. So that's something new that's happening this year."
Last year's Cruisin' drew nearly 7,293 registrants. This year officials are predicting 7,500 because of promising pre- registration numbers.
"It's looking really good. Our registration ended as we were talking earlier August 15," Bailey said. "We are 310 registered vehicles ahead of last year at this time. We are on a record breaking pace at this point. We'll see if we break a record or not."
Now in its 19th year, organizers say they try to balance the type of Cruisin' events people know and love with activities that are fresh and exciting.
Bailey said, "Something new that we're adding to the swap meet this year is we're using the arena area of the coliseum this year. That arena is going to be filled with big rigs. A lot of our big time vendors are coming in to utilize that space this year that we haven't utilized in the past."
Having started with 374 cars in 1996, Cruisin' officials said they're proud of how far they've come.
Cruisin' officials said last year classic car lovers came from 39 states and this year that's up to 43 states with the biggest increase in participation from the Midwest.