Ruckus celebrates vintage vehicles, fashion and music

Rockabilly fans will raise a ruckus this weekend at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.

This is the fourth year for the Rockabilly Ruckus, and Nicolle Stanton, who started the event with her husband, Ed, said it’s grown every year.

“We started out with just a few hundred cars, and last year we had well over 1,200 cars,” she said. “The car show is growing at a steady pace.”

The car show is open to vehicles from 1979 and earlier, and participants can take those vintage wheels for a spin on the fairgrounds’ dirt track.

One of the most popular attractions at the event is the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a motorcycle thrill show that features racers riding along the walls of a wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter.

“We found them on social media,” Stanton said. “Some of the guys have been riding it for 30-plus years.”

The auto and motorcycle action will be accompanied by reverb-drenched early rock and rockabilly sounds. Stanton said most of the acts reach out to her about participating, and the event has no trouble finding bands whose sound fits the concept.

“When we first started, I only knew of a handful of bands in this area,” she said. “I’m finding there is a plethora of rockabilly bands out there. I believe it’s making a comeback.”

The entertainment lineup includes the Legendary Hucklebucks and Jayson & the Mean Eyed Cats on Friday; Royal Hounds, Wild Card Rumble and Kitty Rose & the Rattlers on Saturday; and Leo D’Angelo and the Blue Ribbon Bastards on Sunday.

Rockabilly style fashion will be the focus of pinup and junior greaser contests (all 24 spots in the pinup contest have been filled since March, Stanton said), and visitors can get vintage makeovers on the grounds.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the It’s About the Warrior Foundation, and automotive artists and sign painters will create one-of-a-kind works that will be auctioned off at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.