Scrapin' the Coast likely to break attendance records

Scrapin' the Coast likely to break attendance records

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's called Scrapin' the Coast for a reason, but now there's buzz about a new name: Scrapin' the Sky.

That's because of an invasion of monster trucks like a 12-foot tall ride called Wicked Obsessions, owned by Duke Bohanon of Mobile.

"The kids enjoy it," Bohanon said. "That's the main thing we like about it is kids coming up to you and talking about the big trucks."

Bohanon says he has worked on his masterpiece for about three years.

"I wanted it to be one of the tallest trucks in the South and it's close," added Bohanon.

Kevin Dossett of Saucier is hoping that four-wheelers like his will make a big statement.

"You know, we're just trying to get some four-wheel drives involved in the Scrapin' the Coast part, but the name's probably not going to change," said Dossett.

The new trend defines Scrapin' the Coast - which opens its garage door to almost any kind of car or truck -and it seems to be working.

Scrapin' the Coast is likely to break all attendance records with 25,000 or more going to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The number of entrants could be as high as 3,000, as it has been since 2002.

In 2012, organizers said the economic impact was determined at $8 million, and is likely to grow.

"We've got a little hip-hop to what we offer as far as our cars, but we also have beautiful antiques," said Miles Holcomb, one of four organizers for the event. "We have everything. We are an open car show, we don't shun anyone away."

Holcomb says the four-wheelers are a trend that likely could change.

"The beauty of it is everyone has an imagination to make a car look as elaborate as they want," Holcomb said. "It's great to see the money and the effort and the blood sweat and tears they put into them."

The event will feature outdoor shows, contests, games, and live bands.

But inside it's cool, with plenty of vendors, as well as participants showing off their works of art. The event runs through Sunday.

Spectator tickets are $15 per day.

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