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Franklin County holding first moonshine festival

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Franklin County is celebrating its moonshine history this weekend.

"It's something that gets you in your blood. You can't help but like it," said Chris Prillaman with Twin Creeks Distillery.

Prillaman highlights the county's moonshine history on his labels. He started Twin Creeks Distillery last year and his moonshine is now selling in 82 stores across Virginia.

The county is showcasing its moonshine past this weekend during the first-ever Franklin County Moonshine Fest.

About 6,000 people are expected throughout the two-day event in Rocky Mount. People from North Carolina and Tennessee, in addition to Virginians, are buying tickets for the festival.

"I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Franklin County. It's unique. There is a certain magic associated with the whole concept of moonshine heritage and it's distinctly Franklin County," explained David Rotenizer with Franklin County Tourism.

One of Sunday's events is called Shine and Dine and proceeds will go to the United Way of Franklin County.

Rotenizer says this event is spreading the word about Rocky Mount.

"Our goal is to acquaint people with Rocky Mount so they'll come here for this event, but they'll learn what else is in the area and the region itself," continued Rotenizer.

Prillaman said he's excited that more and more people are getting to know his brand and a little bit of the county's history with every sip.