Scrapin the Coast wraps up

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One of the Coast’s largest summer events was in full swing this weekend as a number of car enthusiasts and owners came down to be a part of the action.

Engines roared high as car enthusiasts made their way to the Gulf Coast ready to show off their set of wheels. Hundreds of cars and trucks, both new and old, came to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum this weekend as part of the three-day event.

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The 17th annual Scrapin the Coast brought car lovers and owners together for a weekend of fun. Since the first edition in 2002, a specific emphasis has been made on expanding the event each year. Mississippi Coast Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell said, “We always try to adjust it or tweak it just a little bit to make it bigger and better, not only for promoters and for the building, but also for the consumer as well.”

Visitors to Scrapin the Coast enjoyed the opportunity to connect with each other. Attendee Kade Jones said, “It is a great opportunity to meet new people in the community for like trucks, cars, all that sort of stuff.”

First-time participant Ronald King brought his color changing ‘Chameleon Corvette’ to the show and says that events like Scrapin have the ability to transcend more than just cars and trucks. “You can’t put a price on it, to see the smiles on the young kid’s faces and the adult’s faces, that when they sit in these cars or when they’re told about or take a picture of this car, it inspires them.”

Those who showed up this year are already eager to return for next year’s Scrapin the Coast. “We’re booking all of our stuff tomorrow when we leave for next year.”

“I really love it and hopefully next year I will be back.”

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Grant Chighizola was raised in Picayune, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. As a lover of sports, he served as the Sports Editor for USM’s student newspaper, the Student Printz, and hosted a weekly sports talk show on the school’s radio station. He also served as an Anchor/Reporter for USM’s student run newscast, Hub City TV, covering news and sports. When not out in the field, Grant enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book, and catching up on the latest sporting events.

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