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Dawsonville pays tribute to bootleggers
47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival next weekend
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Shane Harbin, his 5-year-old son, Jacob, and Greg Harris attended last year’s Mountain Moonshine Festival. The family goes each year to celebrate their family’s moonshine lineage.

47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival schedule

Friday

  • 8 a.m.: Moonshine Run begins at Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
  • 10 a.m.: Silent auction at Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
  • 4 p.m.: Cruise-in & Car Show Registration
  • 5:30 p.m.: Donor Cocktail with Sharp display Technology exhibit
  • 6-9 p.m.: Grand Casino event at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

Saturday

  • 8 a.m.: Festival and silent auction opens and car show registration
  • 9 a.m.: Parade begins at Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
  • 10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies and live music begins
  • 1 p.m.: Silent auction closes, live auction and Grand Casino event opens at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Bill Elliott autograph signing in front of City Liquors
  • 7 p.m.: Festival and Grand Casino closes

Sunday

  • 8 a.m.: Festival opens and car show registration
  • Noon: Live music begins
  • 1-2 p.m.: Bill Elliott autograph signing in front of City Liquors
  • 5 p.m.: Festival closes

October is known for fall, apples and the cooling of the weather. But in Dawsonville, October also equals classic cars and white lightning.

The 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival is scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in downtown Dawsonville.

This year’s grand marshal will be Hubert Platt. Nicknamed the “Georgia Shaker,” the drag racer is known for his strong-performing cars and being a “controversial racing showman,” according to 1960s-era newspapers.

Typically, the festival brings an estimated 100,000 people to the area, but the festival continues to draw more and more people each year.

The festival pays tribute to the community’s unique moonshine heritage and celebrates Dawsonville as the birthplace of NASCAR, which got its start with moonshiners racing south on Ga. 9 to escape revenuers charged with shutting down the illegal trade.

“Where else can you go in the country and see this many cars of this caliber in one area,” Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said. “We’re just so happy to welcome you into our city.”

Proceeds from the festival go toward helping local children in need.

“There’s a lot of hard work that goes into this festival. The whole community really gets behind this organization,” said Calvin Byrd, president of the Kare for Kids.

The weekend festivities include more than 500 vendors from across the Southeast, live music on two stages and one of the biggest displays of hot rods and racecars at any festival across the country.

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