Commissioner Steve Troxler: Calling All Tractor Enthusiasts!

The “Got to Be NC” Festival is coming up in May. Bring your best tractors and join in the fun!

The annual “Got to Be NC” Festival is looking for farm equipment hobbyists and vendors to be part of the three-day event May 17-19 that showcases North Carolina agriculture with a sprinkle of carnival rides, foods, music and family friendly activities.


  • February is quickly coming to a close and Spring is not far off, hopefully. It wasn’t clear to me what the decision of that groundhog was – six more weeks of winter or not.


  • But the arrival of Spring means we are busy preparing for the annual Got to Be NC Festival May 17-19 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.


  • I love the festival and look forward to it every year. A lot of people compare it to a mini State Fair and in some ways it is similar. We do have carnival rides and games, livestock and family friendly activities. But it is different in other ways, too.


  • The festival features a large display of antique farm equipment and tractors, a daily tractor parade and also a Food and Beverage Expo that features nearly 100 North Carolina food products and drinks.


  • We are currently looking for farm equipment enthusiasts and clubs and food vendors to participate. Registration forms and vendor applications can be found at


  • If North Carolina food companies want to participate in the Food and Beverage Expo, they should contact Sherry Barefoot at the department at


  • It’s not too early to get this on your calendar and make your plans to attend, to participate in the tractor showcase or to sign up for a spot in the Got to Be NC Food Expo.


  • The deadline to apply to be a grounds food vendor or in the Food and Beverage Expo is April 1. To be eligible for the Food and Beverage Expo, vendors must be members of the Got to Be NC marketing program.


  • This is a fun event for the entire family. There are more rides geared to younger kids and the tractor parade is a delight for young and old kids.


  • And, by the way, we are also looking for festival goers on May 17-19. So however you choose to participate, mark your calendars now so you are available that weekend to help us celebrate North Carolina agriculture.