Hundreds gathered to meet Tim Smith, TV star of Discovery channel’s hit TV show “Moonshiners,” on Saturday at the Southern Shine Crawl held at the Verda field. The event was hosted by the Kentucky Mountain Crawlers.
“Harlan County is just like home,” said Smith. “The Southern Shine Crawl is an outstanding event and everyone has been so nice — coming over to me and asking questions. I’m excited to be here.”
Hoping to launch his own brand of moonshine, Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine, nationwide, Smith said “in a couple of weeks it may be available in the state of Georgia.”
“We’ve been jumping around a bunch of states and even Kentucky has been considered,” said Smith. “Georgia is the one who has stepped to the plate and said we’ll sell it for you. Virginia is still thinking about it. We’re very close to launching our brand.”
Originally from central Virginia, “about 300 miles from Harlan County,” Smith said he had spent time in the military and done some “overseas duty.”
“I’ve spent time in Texas, so I have a little of a Louisiana drawl,” said Smith. “I’m not trying to be a celebrity, movie star or movie actor — just trying to launch my legal brand of moonshine. I am what I am. We call it the real deal illegal gone legal moonshine.”
When asked about the “Moonshiners” TV series in which he stars, he said the show has been renewed for a third season.
“I hope everyone will continue watching the show,” said Smith. “I hope everyone will buy my legal moonshine when it comes to Kentucky. As far as the upcoming season, I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement. Tickle is still out there doing his thing. He’s got his buddy Howard with him. I’ll be in the show too a little bit here and there. We’ve got a bunch of new characters coming in for the new season, I think. Some of the other guys will still be on the show too. No one has got fired so far. So, be looking for the “Moonshiners” again on the Discovery channel probably sometime in the fall.”
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