Hot rods, rockabilly return

Muscle cars, rockabilly music and a wall of death will fill the Trumbull County Fairgrounds this weekend for the third Rockabilly Ruckus.

Nicolle Sanders said she and her husband, Ed, started the event after hosting a gathering with their friends that started to outgrow their property.

“We lived so close to the Trumbull County Fairgrounds, we just wanted to bring something to the area that focused on family and bringing vintage racing and hot rod car culture to the area,” she said.

Like many car shows, vehicles will be on display, but the dirt track at the fairgrounds also will be available, so the hot rods won’t be stationary.

“All pre-1979 show cars will have a chance to run around the track and just have some fun,” she said.

Music also is a major component of the festival with acts coming from as far away as Colorado and Nashville. The lineup includes the Damian Knapp Band, Muleface Brothers and the Hi-Jivers on Friday; Surfer Rex, Hi-Views, The Number 9 Blacktops and Hillbilly Hellcats on Saturday; and Rocket 88s, Galaxie Deluxe and Cindi Lou & the Red Hot Royals on Sunday.

“Some of the bands contact me, some of the bands I contact because I follow them on Facebook and listen to their music,” Sanders said. “Most say they have a really good time.”

Other attractions include a junior and adult pinup girl contest, junior greaser contest, shine run, burnout contest and hourly performances by the American Motor Drome Co.’s Wall of Death Thrillshow.

There also will be a charity auction benefiting the It’s About a Warrior Foundation, which helps post-9/11 veterans.

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