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NASCAR pumpkin auction raises funds to fight cancer
6. NASCAR pumpkin pic
John Lundys NASCAR pumpkin, featuring Bill and Chase Elliott cars and autographs will be up for auction during this years 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct. 23-25. The pumpkin is on display at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. - photo by Jake Alvarado Dawson County News

A pumpkin on display at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame will be auctioned off to raise money for childhood cancer.

But this isn't just any pumpkin, according to volunteers at the museum.

This pumpkin features a tribute to Dawsonville's racing greats, Bill and Chase Elliott.

"They have both signed the [artificial] pumpkin and both of their cars are painted on it," said John Lundy, the local artist and elementary art teacher that painted the masterpiece.

Each year, Lundy uses his artistic talent in support of organizations that touch lives locally.

"I've done silent auctions in the past, sold Christmas ornaments for Shop with a Cop and K.A.R.E. for Kids," he said.

The auction will be held Oct. 23-25 during the 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

Lundy said he's not sure what to expect from the auction.

"I'm not all that familiar with racing memorabilia or what people pay for autographs, but I think the bidding is going to start at $75 for the pumpkin, and whatever it makes, the more the merrier," he said. "All the proceeds will go to cure childhood cancer."

The father of two healthy children, Lundy said he's been blessed, but at the same time, he knows other families are suffering and struggling with pain.

"I know other families are facing much harder circumstances, and if I can help out with that, I'll definitely take the opportunity to do that," he said.