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Moonshiners’ Run Car Show This Saturday in Downtown Whitley City


McCreary County’s third annual Moonshiners’ Run Car show is set for downtown Whitley City this Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  After hosting last year’s show at the McCreary County Park, organizers decided to take the show back downtown where it was originally located during its debut in 2013.

“I’m excited to be back downtown,” one of the lead organizers, Michael Stephens, remarked.  “There is a better response and many of our locals wanted us to return the show to downtown.  The atmosphere there is just a lot better.”

In an effort to support businesses in the local community, the Moonshiners’ Run Car Show and Other Events, LLC teams up annually with local businesses to sponsor the community based event.  With no vehicle or vending fees and free admission, the Moonshiners’ Run provides a wonderful opportunity for folks to get together and enjoy vintage cars at their best.  Businesses supporting the show can be viewed on the Moonshiners’ Run website.

“It is definitely a community effort,” Mike Stephens and wife, Paula, commented.  “There’s no doubt about that.  If it wasn’t for all of the businesses and individuals partnering together to support the show, it couldn’t happen.”

In advance of the show, organizers have attended countless car shows and contacted many vintage car clubs to get the word out about the Moonshiners’ Run.  Moonshine jug participation trophies will be given to the first two hundred entries to drive through, and special trophies will be awarded for farthest distance driven, kid’s choice, and club participation.  Trophies will also be award in two new categories this year:  best beard and best mustache.  The trophies were made locally by KY Coal Crafters and Pottery by Mehg.  Cedar wood for the bases of the trophies was donated by Gary Jones and sanded down by Freddie Lowe.

Food vendors will include, among others, Lower Hickory Grove Church, Knife of the Party Catering, and Cordell BBQ ribs.  Food vendors will be located in the parking lot across from the bank.

Zippy’s Clutch, a high energy rockabilly band from Nashville will perform at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Sammie Suggitt is also scheduled to perform.

The festival, with the help of Greg Vanover, will once again provide motorized assistance for those who are handicapped.

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