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Cruisin' the Coast 2015: How did it go?

Executive Director, Woody Bailey, says this year's event broke multiple records. Executive Director, Woody Bailey, says this year's event broke multiple records.
A couple enjoying one of the Cruisin' the Coast events. (Image Source: WLOX News) A couple enjoying one of the Cruisin' the Coast events. (Image Source: WLOX News)
One of the first events on Cruisin' the Coast, the Long Beach parade. (Image Source: WLOX News) One of the first events on Cruisin' the Coast, the Long Beach parade. (Image Source: WLOX News)

America's biggest block party has come and gone but not without breaking some of its own records, and organizers are calling Cruisin' the Coast 2015 a success.

“We're breaking records everywhere. It's just pretty amazing. We just broke a record again for pre-registration for next year. We're 1,058 registered for 2016,” said Woody Bailey.

That wasn't the only record broken at Cruisin' 2015. Bailey adds that a record amount of states were represented too. 45 to be exact, which is only five states away from Bailey's goal.

“We know the states that are missing so we may have to do a little campaigning a little politicking to get those folks to come see us. I know if they are here they'll come back and if they hear about us they will be here,” said Woody Bailey.

First time cruisers like the Fullers say word of mouth is definitely how they heard about it, and it's how they expect to get more of their friends from Illinois to come down with them next year.

“I told a bunch of my buddies so we're all planning on coming down here. We already got next year booked. We're ready,” said James and Aimee Fuller.

Although a record amount of vehicles were registered, Bailey estimates that there were still a few thousand cruisin' around that never registered. So, with approximately 10,000 cruisers on the roadways, traffic jams were to be expected.

“I know we had a lot of traffic on Saturday and we have a lot of traffic in general. I know it didn't go very fast if you were on Highway 90 yesterday, it was a snail's pace,” said Bailey.

The traffic is always a concern for not only locals but some cruisers as well. All of the congestion begs the question...is Crusin' the Coast getting too big?

“I want everybody to know that is a concern, however these people are here spending money and enjoying our Gulf Coast and a little traffic is better than no traffic. That's my thoughts on it,” said Bailey.

Bailey says as the event grows, so will his team and the accommodations they make to ensure the event continues going strong.

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