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Race fan wins museums 50/50 raffle
8. Race fans wins raffle
Volunteers with the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame presented a check to Sherry Gailey of Lavonia, center, whose ticket was drawn as the museums 50/50 raffle winner last week. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson County News

When Sherry Gailey bought two 50/50 raffle tickets from volunteers at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame during last year's annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, she did so to support the museum that continues to pay tribute to the state's racing legends.

"My husband, Aaron Gailey, used to race for George Elliott, so we've got a real connection," the Lavonia resident said last week when she was in town to claim her winnings after her raffle ticket was drawn.

"He raced with so many of the inductees that are in the hall of fame. I can't believe we won."

In exchange for purchasing a raffle ticket at the festival, Sherry Gailey was able to meet legendary NASCAR Champion and Dawsonville's native son Bill Elliott.

"I was second in line, and I almost couldn't get away. I finally had to tell Bill I had to go, because there were so many others, about 200 more people in line behind me," she said. "He remembered Aaron, and he was just a little boy when Aaron drove for his dad."

Gordon Pirkle, hall of fame president, said proceeds from the raffle ticket sales were split between the museum and the Gaileys.

"They were real excited when we called them," he said.