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Here are the most important things you need to know about this weekend’s Moonshine Festival
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Many moonshine festival-goers browse products within local and regional vendors’ booths at Dawsonville’s Main Street Park. - photo by Julia Hansen

This weekend is the 55th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, a true staple of every October for Dawson County. Here are some of the most important details to know about this year’s festival.

This year’s festival will take place on October 21, 22 and 23 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and the City of Dawsonville’s Main Street Park. The festival is put on by local nonprofit K.A.R.E. for Kids. 

The car show and festival will run each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual Moonshine Run will leave from Bearden’s Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Friday, and the parade will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday followed by the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. 

The festival will feature hundreds of vendors selling all types of wares, from crafts to clothing to home decor. A variety of food and drinks will be available to purchase. 

Live entertainment is scheduled to take place all day on both Saturday and Sunday on two different stages at the festival. 

No pets or golf carts are allowed at the festival, RV parking is available and scooters are available for rental on Allen Street. 

This year’s Grand Marshal is NASCAR legend Donnie Allison, who will lead the parade on Saturday morning. 

Proceeds from the Mountain Moonshine Festival will go to support the K.A.R.E. for Kids Christmas program, which provides Christmas presents to local families and children in need of a little extra help at the holidays. Those interested in more information about the Christmas program can call 706-216-5273.