North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says the Got to Be NC Festival is coming up this weekend at the STate Fairground in Raleigh.
This is the third year for the Festival designed to showcase North Carolina's rich agricultural heritage, adn this year's event will have more exhibitors, more competitors and even more visitors as the event continues to grow.
This year, a fish fry sponsored by the Shriners joins the food lineup on Friday. The Shriners will cook uup NC catfish, troutha nd shripm from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm with proceed benefiting the Shriner's Chindrens' Hospital. In addition, another new event this year is the NASCAR Street Trou sponsored by Ford. There will be tricked0out Ford vehicles sporting big screen TV's, satellite hookups and more.
The Masons will be back on Saturday with their Pig Jig, a barbecue cook-off. They're expecting about 30 teams of Masons to compete in the Pig Jig this year, and after the compeition, the barbecue will be chopped and sold to raise money for two children's homes in Oxford.
Of course, all the Festival staples will be there this year, including antique tractors and farm equipment, a full carnival, the food and wine expo, a fiber fair, draft horse pull, tractor pull, lawnmover racing and live music.
Festival hours are from 9:00 am to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 am to 10:00 pmm Sunday, admission and parking are free, and grandstand events are $5.
For more information go to www.ncagfest.com