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Travel Channel films episode in Dawson
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Cheryl Woods and Dwight Bearden introduce the Moonshine Distillery to a film crew from the Travel Channel on July 21. The distillery is set to open in October. - photo by James G. Wolfe Jr. Dawson Community News

A film crew from the Travel Channel was in Dawsonville last week, filming for an episode of America's Wildest Roads to air in November.

The crew, assisted by several community members, filmed a staged car chase between one of the first Georgia State Patrol Cars, a 1937 Ford, and two former 'shine hauling cars, a 1939 Ford and a 1948 Ford.

The simulated chase occurred along Hwy. 9, the same route that moonshine runners once used and where such chases were frequent events.

America's Wildest Roads is a three-episode series, broken down by region: North, South and West.

The moonshine route along Hwy. 9, with curves that become even more dangerous during a high-speed chase, will be the feature of the southern episode.

Nina Giannelli, producer of the episode, said that the help of the community made the experience one she will remember.

"It's been a good time, and everyone has been great to work with," Giannelli said. "I think the episode is going to be really great and very realistic."

The crew finished the shoot by filming locals Cheryl Woods and Dwight Bearden giving an introduction to the Moonshine Distillery, set to open at the Dawsonville City Hall and Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Organizers for the distillery are hopeful that it will be opened in time for the Hall of Fame's 2011 Induction Ceremony on Oct. 21.