If you want to meet a celebrity, now’s your chance. Many
celebrity appearances will be scattered throughout the week,
including Dennis Gage, of the TV program "My Classic Car,” as
2017 Master of Ceremonies. Celebrity Cristy Lee, of All Girls
Garage TV show, car enthusiast, biker and model will make
guest appearances on Sunday-Wednesday. Celebrity Courtney
Hansen, of Overhaulin’ TV, syndicated columnist, published
author, and model will make guest appearances on Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday.
Attend Cruisin' The Coast you will fall in love with the people,
the weather, and the activities. Festival season occurs during the
fall months and you will become part of a trend that is helping
create a positive impact on southern Mississippi transforming
people who are first time visitors into those who plan return visits
during other times of the year. Established in 1996 Cruisin' The
Coast helped to forge the way for a movement of festivals to fill
in the gaps on activity calendars in every coastal city year-round.
With festival season now in place the Gulf Coast no longer has
Many people remember the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and
how it was back then. After Labor Day things along the coast
would slow way down. The leaves would start to change and
the temperature would drop. Tourists would fade away with
the summer sun and a typical slow time would linger over the
businesses of our coastal cities until Mardi Gras rolled around.
Not anymore. During the mid-1990's several business owners
and casino executives combined creative thoughts on a new
concept idea. The mission was simple; to help generate economy
during the down time of the Gulf Coast. The goal was to create
a festival style event to help economic development and bring
growth to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In 1996, 374 vehicles registered for Cruisin' The Coast that
first year. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary in 2016 they were
just short of 8k for the number of registered cruisers with 650
first time visitors to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The numbers
keep growing as they prepare for 8,500 cruisers, over 4,600 car
enthusiasts are pre-registered from 38 states some traveling as far
as Puerto Rico and Canada for this year's 21st annual event.
The impact Cruisin' The Coast gives to our area is confirmed
in an empirical assessment of the economic impact of the 2016
Cruisin' The Coast prepared by The Bradley Research Group,
LLC an Applied Research and Decision Analytics Firm. For the Mississippi Gulf Coast counties, in 2016 Cruisin' The Coast
generated additional revenue of $26,128,467. It is the largest
festival in the state of Mississippi. The non-local registrants
and spectators economic impact of Cruisin' The Coast on
Government Total Tax Revenues for 2016 was $1,946,217.
With a festival of this magnitude it takes many volunteer hours
to secure all goes well. 11 host car clubs stretching from Slidell,
LA across the Gulf Coast all the way to the other side of the
Alabama state line come to help. Over 600 volunteers are known
as the "yellow shirts" of the festival. With their support this is one
of the safest festivals for families to attend. Spot them quickly at
the festival and feel welcomed by their coastal hospitality.
Registration is now open and whether you drive your RV,
your sports car, vintage roadster, a rat rod or the family SUV, hit
the highway and join us on the Gulf Coast for the 21st Annual
Cruisin’ the Coast, October 1 – 8.
To register and find maps, reservations, schedules, and
more information visit www.cruisinthecoast.com.