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NASCAR legend David Ragan to be Grand Marshal at 53rd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival
David Ragan
NASCAR Driver David Ragan has been announced as Grand Marshal for the 53rd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival held in October.

Longtime NASCAR Driver David Ragan has been announced as Grand Marshal for the 53rd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival held in October. 

A current Nascar driver, Ragan was born in Unadilla, Ga., and started his professional racing career at age 12. Like Bill and Chase Elliott, Ragan’s father, Ken, was also a professional racer. 

After competing in the Sprint Cup Series for 14 years, Ragan partially retired at the end of the 2019 season but has been part-time racing so far this season. He currently resides in the 34th slot on the Sprint Cup Series Standings. 

His career is best remembered by his 2007 Rookie of the Year trophy and his two career racing victories at the 2011 Coke Zero 400 in Daytona and the 2013 Aaron’s 499 in Talladega. 

Ragan lives in North Carolina with his wife Jacquelyn and their daughters, Julia and Meredith. 

As the Grand Marshal does every year, Ragan will lead the Saturday morning parade that precedes the event’s opening ceremonies. Short-track racing legend Bud Lunsford was last year’s Grand Marshal.  

The 53rd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival will be held in Dawsonville, October 23-25, 2020.