By now almost everyone has seen the pictures and read the articles informing us of how devastated the Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi, coast is from Hurricane Katrina, but none of that could compare to seeing it firsthand. Until you have actually driven through the area, seeing slab after slab where businesses and homes once stood, you cannot even fathom what that area went through. It's a sight that truly hurts to see, but it's also a sight that inspires most everyone to want to get involved and do their part to bring support to the area. Scrapin' the Coast gave everyone in our lifestyle a reason to do just that. The show is put on by local citizens who care about their community and who want to see business go on as it did before the storm. It's their "never give up" attitude that brought out one of the biggest and best shows of the year.

After arriving in Biloxi and taking a self-guided tour of the town, we hit the hotel. Then we headed out to the parking lot to do the customary "parking lot party" thing. After sipping on a few diet colas with Mr. Gator Drag and watching his dog drag chairs around the parking lot, it was time to keep tradition and hit the King Buffet in Biloxi. (Yes, God smiled upon this blessed bastion of the Chinese buffet, as it was still open for business.) Now full of General Tso and my thirst taking over, we headed back to the hotel and, most importantly, to the cooler. Yes, some fine partying was to be had Friday night at the hotel, but as Saturday morning came, it was time to get down to business and snap some shots to bring to our loyal readers. So with hangover pills in hand, we made our way to the show.

There was no question when we arrived at the Biloxi Coliseum that this year's STC was going to blow the last three years out of the water. As we walked the grounds and took shot after shot, I suddenly realized that there was hardly an empty space to be found, with many of these being rides making their first showings. This, combined with the 'bag/hydraulic hop-off, and the tons of vendors, kept the thousands of spectators entertained. (Lucky for me I was able to make good use of some buddy's nice shady tents to keep the Q-ball dome from gettin' too burnt in the Mississippi sun.) Once I had my fair share of the heat and took all the pics I needed, we packed up and headed back to the hotel for a quick shower and then it was on to the bikini contest. (What a rough job, huh?) The contest went off without a hitch and had some of the most beautiful ladies from around the area competing for cash. Although this year's contest was a little more "subdued" than the last couple of years, it was still WELL worth the time.

The last day of the show the STC crew showed off what were some of the coolest "Best of" trophies we've seen (miniature custom surfboards). These guys and gals spared no expense when it came to putting on a kickass show. All of them would like to send out a HUGE thanks to all of the spectators, entrants, and vendors who came out and showed their support for the show and the area, and helped make this year's Scrapin' the Coast the best yet. Keep your eyes on www.scrapinthecoast.com for information and the latest updates on next year's event.