Spirit tasting tickets will be sold at the gate on May 18th to people 21 years of age and older.

History of moonshine in the area

Once known as the self proclaimed Moonshine Capital of the World, Wilkes County was the leading producer in the illegal substance of liquor. Moonshine was an illegal whiskey made by ‘the light of the moon,’ ultimately popularized by Prohibition in the 1920s. Throughout the 1920s and into the 1950s, moonshine was big business for the poverty stricken folk of Wilkes and other southern surroundings. By running bootleg liquor to places as far as New Jersey and all the way to Florida young men were able to support their families. Before the 18th Amendment, bootleggers would easily make home deliveries on a regular basis. However, once the law was put into place, the selling and transportation of the illegal booze became more complicated. This led to the modification of bootleggers’ cars which eventually led to the start of NASCAR. Moonshine was one of the most profitable underground businesses of the time. Moonshine is still made and sold illegally and legally to this day.