5 Things to Know Before You Go: Mississippi Mayhem

By: Sara Walters

Fascinated by hot rods, pinup girls, and vintage clothing? Or do you drive a classic motorcycle and look a little bit like The Fonz? You’ll fit right in at Mississippi Mayhem, a car show and retro-themed event held this year on September 13-14th in West Salem, Wisconsin. If you’re ready to party like it’s 1959, here are five things to know before you go:

Retro rides of a certain era

Though all cool vehicles are welcome, the main attractions are pre-1965 cars and pre-1975 motorcycles, which will be the only ones featured in the show. This is to help preserve the “step-back-in-time” feel of the event and support the vibe of nostalgia at the core of Mississippi Mayhem.

All things vintage

It’s not just the cars that are throwbacks! Attendees are encouraged to dress the part and enjoy the music and atmosphere of an era gone, but not forgotten. Many go to great lengths to recreate the look and feel, so join in on the fun!

Kids dig it, too

When accompanied by a paying adult, children 12 and under are free! That’s because the daytime fun is for everyone, including the next generation of hot rodders. Concerned about little eyes and ears? Dip out before the sun sets and the nightlife heats up.

Jam-packed weekend

You’ll never be bored at Mississippi Mayhem. Shop the retro market and swap meet, hear great  bands, watch the street drags and burnouts, compete in the costume contest, and witness some amazing flamethrowing.

Stay the night

Coming from out of town? No problem! Camping is available for $25 a night and includes restrooms and showers. Bring your tents and your trailers—and your themed decor! Electrical hookups are not available.

Disclaimer: This is just my perspective on La Crosse County events, businesses and activities. I’m only one local opinion. Explore the rest of the site to learn more on those that I’ve missed.

Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie. Visit Sara’s website at creativecontentandconsulting.com.