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Expect traffic delays during the weekend
Festival parking available at lots around town
Moonshine Festival Foldout Front Page
Be sure to pick up a copy of this weeks Dawson County News for a special pullout section on the 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, plus expanded previews of events, entertainment schedules and much more.

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville during the 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are asking motorists to plan their routes and avoid the downtown area if not attending the festival.

To accommodate the parade, increased foot traffic and offer better security for vendors and visitors, many streets through downtown Dawsonville will remain closed Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

New this year, the festival activities will close Hwy. 53 at its intersection with Main Street beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday through 9 p.m. Sunday.

To help alleviate some of the traffic, the following suggestions should be considered:

Those coming from areas north of Dawsonville, such as Lumpkin or White counties, should consider using Ga. 400 and exiting at Hwy. 136. Turn right onto Hwy. 136 and follow it to Hwy. 9, turn left and then follow it into Dawsonville.

Those coming from Atlanta, or any location south of Dawsonville, should head north on Ga. 400 and turn left at Dawson Forest Road. Follow Dawson Forest to the intersection of Hwy. 9 and turn right. Follow Hwy. 9 into Dawsonville.

Drivers wanting to bypass the festival are encouraged to utilize Perimeter Road from Shoal Creek to Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 53.

More than anything, local authorities are asking everyone to minimize usage of Hwy. 53 from the intersection of Ga. 400 north on these days.

This road often fills to capacity and that creates long lines. With a little preplanning and common sense, everyone will arrive safely, and be ready to have a great time.


Parking for the festival is scattered throughout downtown Dawsonville and is easily assessable to all of the weekend activities.

Many lots throughout the downtown area, as well as the parking lot at area schools, are set aside for festival parking. Shuttles will be available to cart visitors to and from the high school's parking area.

Local Boy Scouts will monitor the festival's official parking lots where parking is $10 per car.

Handicap parking will be available at Grace Presbyterian Church via its Hwy. 9 entrance.

Proceeds from official lots, which will be easy to identify with large blue and white signs, benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids and the Boy Scouts. Parking fees charged at unofficially-marked lots are not dispersed to K.A.R.E. for Kids, which holds the festival to provide Christmas presents to local children.