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Moonshine Festival is this weekend in Dawsonville
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Forsyth County News
The streets of nearby Dawsonville will rev to life this weekend during the 42nd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

Festivities get under way this morning, when dozens of moonshine-era Fords make a run through north Georgia.

That’s followed by a weekend of food and fall fun that’s always a crowd pleaser.

The festival is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to Dawsonville.

Vendors from across the Southeast will feature everything from handmade jewelry and decorative gourds to racing memorabilia and some of the tastiest fare in north Georgia.

There also will be live entertainment, including clogging and bluegrass and gospel music.

Actor Jim Mitchum, who starred with father Robert Mitchum in the 1959 movie “Thunder Road,” will serve as grand marshal of Saturday morning’s parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m.

Festival-goers can catch the movie all weekend in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, which is also the site of a car show, cruise in and swap meet Saturday and Sunday.

Parking will be available throughout the downtown area, at a minimum charge, typically $5 per car, as well as at Dawson County High School on Perimeter Road, where shuttles will run to and from the festivities.

Those coming from south of Dawsonville, should take Ga. 400 north and turn left at Dawson Forest Road. Then, turn right onto Hwy. 9 and travel into Dawsonville.

Authorities are asking motorists to avoid the Hwy. 53-Ga. 400 crossing, if possible, as it will be congested.

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