Cruisin' With A Twist!
A report from Hancock Tourism Development Bureau - looking back at the month of October and ahead to the holiday season!
- by Latonja Ervin, photos by Ellis Anderson
Hancock County Tourism Bureau had a wonderfully successful fall. We started the season with the Hancock County Fair (September 23-26) and the St. Rose de Lima Food and Music Festival (October 3).
These events were advertised on radio and TV by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau with a grant from Visit Mississippi.
We kicked off October with a live broadcast of WGNO’s “News with a Twist.” This broadcast covered the greater New Orleans area and south Louisiana. The show aired live at the Bay St. Louis Train Depot on October 7 after the production crew spent several weeks filming highlights of Bay St. Louis attractions. Some of the highlights were dining on the bay overlooking our award-winning municipal harbor, inspiring art in St. Rose Church, and charter fishing in the bay.
This event was sponsored by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau through a grant from BP.
Just a day later, Tourism geared up for the Gulf Coast’s biggest event: Cruisin’ the Coast 2015, October 5-10. Hancock County event days were Wednesday in Diamondhead (with the “Blessing of the Classics”) and Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Bay St. Louis.
This annual event brings over seven thousand cars to the area and generates revenue for gas stations, restaurants, retail business and car repair shops. This year’s event broke the record with over 7,600 cars. We can’t wait to top the record next year!
Bay St. Louis events were sponsored by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau and Cruisin’ the Coast.
Next we look forward to the holiday season with the Christmas parade on December 5. The parade will take you on a magical holiday ride though all the snowflakes in Old Town Bay St. Louis, ending in the Depot District with the “Snowflakes and Sugarplums” festival. The fest will be from noon–5 p.m. and will feature holiday music, Santa Claus and live music by Roman Street. For more details go to www.mswestcoast.org, on the Cleaver Community Calendar page - and on the Cleaver's Upcoming Events page!