Cruisin' the Coast

Manufacturers' Midway to crash Cruisin' Swap Meet

The indoor-outdoor Swap Meet that has been part of Cruisin' The Coast from the beginning will rev up for its 19th year, expanding into the Coast Coliseum arena in Biloxi.

"We're calling that area our Manufacturers' Midway," said Woody Bailey, executive director of Cruisin' The Coast.

Novelties and parts for antique and classic cars will continue to be displayed in the hallways and outdoor spaces at the Coliseum as usual, but this year it will be a much larger show, he said.

Some big-name vendors such as Billet Specialties, which produces wheels and other accessories for the street rod industry; Lokar Performance Products, which specializes in shifters and cables; and PPG Industries, which produces paints and coatings for custom cars will be among the suppliers taking over the arena.

Some of these manufacturers will be new to the Cruisin' Swap Meet.

"We have a good event but we want to improve it," Bailey said.

The Swap Meet runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. About 250 vendors will sell "everything from hair bows to bumpers."

Admission is $10 for those over age 12 and Cruisers get one ticket in their registration packet.

Those who want to sell their antique or classic ride can head a short jaunt east to the Car Corral at Biloxi's Treasure Bay Casino. Cruisin' volunteers take the $40 registration fee and owners put their names and contact details on the dash. Buyer and seller can get together on a sale with no commission.

The Car Corral also is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and security is provided for those who leave their vehicles overnight.