Thousands have fun at final Cruisin' Central of 2016

Thousands have fun at final Cruisin' Central of 2016

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Live, retro music played as the last Crusin' Central event kicked off the final day of Cruisin''''' the Coast 2016.

Thousands of car lovers attended the send-off.

"People keep coming year after year. They go to other car shows around the country and talk about Cruisin', so they bring more and more people with them," said Cruisin' the Coast registration coordinator, Craig Grisoli.

Two of those recurring faces were the Maynards, who've attend every Cruisin'' the Coast since its inception.

"It's great, it's awesome. It changed each year and it gets better, and better, and better," said Mary Maynard.

Though the main attraction may be the cars that drive along Highway 90 and the entertainment that comes along with it, Cruisin'' officials say their favorite part is making dreams come true.

A classic Mustang was raffled to a lucky person, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"To be able to donate $26,000 to Make-A-Wish is just Heartwarming," said Grisoli

Another attraction to Cruisin' Central was the food, courtesy of Southern Flavor Catering and The Dock.

"It's impacted our restaurant. We got great business off of it, it brings a lot of money into the city. A lot of these people enjoy it so much, they come back different times of the year," said Southern Flavor Catering worker, Paige Luckett.

So far, about 700 people have per-registered for the 2017 Cruisin' the Coast.

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