Popcorn Sutton Jam draws largest crowds yet

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Organizers estimate about 10,000 people came to Maggie Valley for the Popcorn Sutton Jam between Friday and Saturday.

(WBIR-Maggie Valley, NC) The Fourth Annual Popcorn Sutton Summer Jam ended its two day festival on Saturday night, with the largest attendance numbers yet.

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton was a third generation Moonshiner, and a Tennessee Whiskey Legend. He committed suicide in 2009 but his legacy continues through his friends and family, and a growing interest among younger generations in moonshine making.

Organizers estimate about 10,000 people came to Maggie Valley for the festival between Friday and Saturday.

"It's gonna be big. We started it four years ago and every year it has tripled in size. We started with 400 people in a parking lot of a restaurant and now this year we're estimating about 10,000 people," said Pam Sutton, Popcorn's widow.

Stars of the Discovery Channel hit reality series "Moonshiners" made an appearance including, Jeff Waldroup.

"Popcorn died for what he believed in and I don't want this to die when I do," Waldroup said.

Even though it's about celebrating the legendary moonshiner, there is no actual moonshine at the festival.

Organizers said they are trying to get a permit to sell Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey at the festival next year.

"More and more folks are getting interested in moonshine. A lot of the young generations, which I'm glad. I don't want it to play out. I want it to continue on," said Troy Cagle, Popcorn's cousin.

Great strides have been made since Sutton's death.

A Popcorn Sutton distillery in Newport will soon open, making his coveted Tennessee White Whiskey.

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