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New Straitsville's annual festival puts moonshine in the spotlight

Moonshine Festival, New Straitsville, Ohio
courtesy Moonshine Festival

If you are looking for a family-friendly Memorial Day weekend jaunt that offers something different, then head for New Straitsville, Ohio which is playing host to a most unique 5-day (Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26) festival that pays tribute to moonshine (whiskey made in stills). And yes, it is family-friendly despite the subject of the festival.

Moonshine Festival Once named the "Moonshine Capital of the World," New Straitsville annually celebrates its history and the making of moonshine which so defined the area in the 1930's. During Prohibition, the town produced more moonshine than any other place in the United States. New Straitsville has held the Moonshine Festival every year since 1971.

Special Note: The city is granted a special 5 day license -permit to brew old fashioned moonshine (often called "White Lightning") to show visitors how complicated the brewing process is. No sampling of the moonshine is allowed.

Besides being able to observe an actual working still, activities at the Moonshine Festival include tours of the local history museum, amusement rides, a talent show, a car cruise-in, a flea market, carnival games and two parades.

Other special activities include a Garden Tractor Pull and a Pedal Pull.

There will be plenty of free musical entertainment including performances by singer Cliff Cody and an AC/DC Tribute Band.

Among some of the food available for purchase will be items like moonshine burgers, moonshine doggies and moonshine pies.

The Moonshine Festival opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Admission is free. The Festival takes place on Main Street in New Straitsville.

For more information about the Moonshine Festival call 740-394-2239 or get online at

Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, New Straitsville is 178 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour, 20 minute drive.

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