More than 4,000 people show up on a 50-acre farm in New Prospect, S.C., every October for the Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival. You’ll see mock versions of old moonshine stills, including a submarine still and a copper pot still, and perhaps sample more than a dozen varieties of the forbidden corn whiskey.
“The whole reason for doing this is to keep our Southern heritage alive, and moonshining is a big part of Southern heritage,’’ says Debbie Barnwell, who organizes the event with her husband, Barney, on their family’s 100-year-old farm.
The event showcases the talents of local bluegrass bands and draws an eclectic crowd.
“We actually have federal agents that come, and we have preachers and doctors and lawyers and your average redneck person,’’ says Barnwell. “It’s not about the drink,’’ she adds. “It’s about the camaraderie, the music, and the stories.’’