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Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal
Grand marshal Ken Ragan MUG

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

Ken Ragan said he's looking forward to spending this weekend in Dawsonville.

"I've been coming to the Moonshine Festival for a long time," he said. "We'd come up here on Saturday, and then leave and drive all the way to Martinsville to race on Sunday."

With 50 starts in NASCAR's premier series in the late 80s and early 90s, Ragan is perhaps more widely known as the man that established the Legends racing series in the late 90s.

The series helped launch the career of drivers like his son David Ragan, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano, who continue to dominate Sprint Cup racing today.

He was recently named director of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends program.

"I am thrilled to return to Atlanta Motor Speedway," he said. "I've always enjoyed Legends and Bandolero racing and am looking forward to helping competitors be as successful as possible on the track."

A second generation driver that followed in his father Hugh Ragan's tire tracks, Ken Ragan was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in October 2011, the same month son David got his first Sprint Cup win.

The 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival will be held Oct. 23-25 in Dawsonville, with a Moonshine Run through the north Georgia mountains kicking off the festivities Friday morning.

Then bright and early Saturday, Ragan will begin his duties of grand marshal to signify the official start of the festival with a grand parade at 9 a.m. through downtown Dawsonville.

Opening ceremonies follow at 10 a.m. on the stage next to the town's historic courthouse.