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Mountain Moonshine Festival a shining success
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Hundreds gathered at city hall to check out the variety of classic cars and hot rods during the three day car show at the festival Oct. 28. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The sun put the shine in the Mountain Moonshine Festival Sunday after a chilly start to the annual festivities Saturday.

A cloudy sky, wind and the threat of rain didn’t deter vendors or spectators from coming to downtown Dawsonville to partake in the town’s historic event Saturday Oct. 27. Luckily the clouds parted Sunday morning and ushered in a crisp fall day just in time for the last day of the festival.

Thousands of festival goers across north Georgia came out to see the parade, consisting of classic racing and moonshine cars led by Grand Marshal Jimmy “Mr. Excitement” Spencer.

Across three stages, local talent shone bright all weekend as dancers, solo singers, blues, rock and bluegrass bands and event karate students kept the fun going in Dawsonville all weekend.

At the opening ceremonies, Benny Bearden of Cumming, John Pinnion of Dawsonville, Wayne Stone of Blue Ridge, Kenneth Nichols of North Wilkesboro, N.C. and Ray Hudson of Boonville, N.C. were recognized and inducted into the National Moonshiners Hall of Fame, a festival tradition since 2012.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival is a fundraiser for K.A.R.E. for Kids, with proceeds from the weekend going towards their mission of helping children in Dawson County in need by providing Christmas gifts and other assistance throughout the year.

K.A.R.E.for Kids will begin accepting applications for assistance for the 2018 Christmas season on Nov. 3.

Applications will be accepted at the K.A.R.E. for Kids office at 66 Hwy. 53 West in Dawsonville until Dec. 1.

If you have any questions concerning K.A.R.E. for Kids please call (706) 216-5273 or email