If you’re a fan of hot rods, rat rods, and trucks with a touch of history and a dash of moonshine, mark your calendars for September 23-24th, as the 8th Annual Prohibition Hot Rod and Moonshine Festival is set to take place in the charming Hickory, North Carolina!
Despite being a smaller local show, this event has proven time and again that it can pack a punch, drawing in car enthusiasts and spectators from all around. To secure the best view of the mesmerizing vehicles, arriving early is highly recommended.
The allure of the festival extends beyond the captivating hot rods and rat rods. For visitors with a taste for the unique, there are abundant moonshine tasting areas featuring some of North Carolina’s premier distilleries. The opportunity to sample this historical beverage adds an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. Additionally, the event boasts multiple food vendors offering delectable treats to please every palate.
Beyond the automotive spectacle, the Prohibition Hot Rod and Moonshine Festival presents a captivating amateur pinup contest, where contestants can showcase their retro-inspired attire. With generous cash prizes for the top three winners, the competition promises to be fierce and entertaining.
To add to the allure of the event, one can expect hand-made trophies crafted by some of the finest builders in the southeast. These trophies are not just symbols of victory; they are works of art that serve as cherished mementos for the winners.
And let’s not forget the live music that fills the air with an infectious rhythm. This year, enjoy the soulful tunes of Them Dirty Roses, providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable day.
In conclusion, the Prohibition Hot Rod and Moonshine Festival is an event that encapsulates the spirit of history, automotive passion, and community enjoyment. Whether you’re an avid car enthusiast, a lover of moonshine, or simply looking for a fantastic time, this is a show you definitely do not want to miss. The city of Hickory welcomes you with open arms and promises an experience that will leave you yearning for more. So, grab your calendar, invite your friends and family, and join us October 6th-7th, 2023 for an extraordinary celebration of hot rods, moonshine, and everything in between.
Photos by: Chris Gosda