New Straitsville Annual Moonshine Festival

New Straitsville Annual Moonshine Festival

by Jennifer Bullock on May 28, 2012

A small Ohio town is keeping a century long tradition alive…

The Moonshine Festival took place in New Straitsville Memorial Day weekend. The event began in 1970 after the town celebrated its 100th anniversary.

"If you lived in this community, you were involved with either making moonshine, transporting moonshine, or help moving moonshine, or even if you were one of the local merchants that you sold the sugar, the flour, the yeast to the buyers… Everything they needed to make it," said still operator Brian St. Clair.

The festival begins on the Thursday before Memorial Day every year. Organizers said there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

"We have gospel singing, we have country music tonight with David Ball. We have plenty of games, rides, food vendors… And of course we have the only working moonshine still display in the United States."

The festival concludes on Memorial Day with a grand parade.