WILKESBORO — Bleu Moon Productions will present “Moonshine & Thunder – The Junior Johnson Story,” beginning Sept. 14 for three consecutive weekends. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bleumoonproductions.com or they may be purchased at the gate on the night of each performance, one-hour prior to the show.
County night will be each Thursday night, and by showing a driver’s license those attending will receive $5 off the regular ticket price. Thursday County Nights include the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin. Otherwise, all tickets are $15 with group rates available for groups of 10 or more people.
A North Carolina story of Moonshine & NASCAR, “Moonshine & Thunder – The Junior Johnson Story,” is a multi-media outdoor drama that uses both film and live actors to tell the story. The show begins with Junior Johnson as a boy and shows how his growing up years steeped in mountain tradition, were influenced by fast cars and running liquor.
The play takes attendees through the beginnings of The North Wilkesboro Speedway — from cow pasture to race track — and Junior’s evolution from out running the law to out running everything on that track. The production ends with Johnson’s first big win in Daytona. Peppered with Wilkes County stories, Moonshine and NASCAR history, the show offers vintage automobiles, footage from the North Wilkesboro Speedway & Darlington, and tells personal stories from Junior Johnson himself. The story is written by Karen Reynolds.
The multi-media event will be presented outdoors at the Forest’s Edge Amphitheatre off U.S. 421 North in Historic Fort Hamby Park, 1534 S. Recreation Road in Wilkesboro.
“Moonshine & Thunder – The Junior Johnson Story” is produced through a partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of the Lake. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the gate begins Will Call and selling tickets at 6:30 p.m. Seats are not assigned, but staff will reserve seats by phone for groups of 10 or more upon request. Show dates are September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.
Bleu Moon Productions will have soft drinks, chips, popcorn and candy for sale beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“Moonshine & Thunder – The Junior Johnson Story” is a member of The National Institute of Outdoor Drama headquartered in Greenville.