HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Shortly before noon, a stream of vintage vehicles from different eras made their way to Hiawassee Town Square Thursday, July 11, to kick off the 11th annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In festival. Vendors were ready for visitors, serving barbeque, hot dogs, baked goods, Italian ice, and cold drinks. Hot rods enthusiasts mixed and mingled, admiring the shiny array of classic cars and trucks. Feel good tunes flowed from the square gazebo, complimenting the upbeat mood of the leisure event.
“This is our first year at the Cruiz-In, but it likely won’t be our last,” Trisha Woods from western Tennessee said. “The mountain views are enticing, and the roads are so fun to ride. We’re looking forward to enjoying the weekend.”
FYN spoke with Russ Borner, the operator of North Georgia Concessions, who moved to Hiawassee from New Jersey three years ago. Borner plans to rent his eye-catching hot dog and Italian ice stand, when not in use, to organizations interested in fundraising. “We’ll supply the food, condiments, ice, everything,” Borner explained. “We’ll deliver it and set it up. The rates will vary on how long the event runs…It’s a good opportunity for fundraisers to make a great profit.” Borner can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In runs through Sunday, July 14, at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.
A full listing of festival events is available.