Commissioner Troxler: Exhibitors Wanted for the Got to Be NC Festival

The Got to Be NC Festival will be held May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. While we are still a couple of months away, we are looking for tractor exhibitors to be part of this annual event. This event features one of the largest displays of antiques tractors and farm equipment in the Southeast, along with highlighting North Carolina food and beverages in the Homegrown Marketplace presented by Lowes Food. Other activities include carnival rides and games, music, farm animals and kids activities. If you are a farm-equipment hobbyist, collector or a tractor club that is interested, you can register to participate at

  • A lot of times we talk about more serious topics, but today I want to talk about something a little less serious and something that I have a personal interest in – antique tractors and farm equipment.
  • If you have ever been down to my office at the Agriculture Building, you will see a small example of my personal collection. We have a 19XX McCormick Farmall Cub sitting in the lobby of the building, with some smaller antiques hanging on the wall behind it.
  • Inside my office, there is a vintage enamel stove as well as a pie safe and other collectibles. I want people to know they are at the Agriculture Building when they come in the doors.
  • But the reason I want to talk about tractors and antique farm equipment is because of the upcoming Got to Be NC Festival, May 18-20, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
  • We are looking for farm equipment hobbyists and tractor clubs to participate in the festival. This event draws tractors from all across the state in every color imaginable – even pink!
  • We have a number of clubs that participate each year, but we are always looking to grow the number of tractors we have on display.
  • One of the highlights is a daily tractor parade through the grounds for working tractors. I lead the parade, but I can tell you I am always excited to see the varieties of tractors that are participating. We have small garden tractors and cub models to some giants.
  • To register to be part of the tractor display, go to It is free to participate, but we ask you to register to accommodate the tractors and equipment needed to haul it to Raleigh.
  • While we are talking about the festival, I would encourage folks to go ahead and put it on their calendars. It runs May 18-20. This event has continued to grow each year and visitors will find entertainment for the entire family. We have a showcase of North Carolina food and beverages, farm animals, carnival rides and games, music, tractor pulls, the Pig Jig barbecue competition and kids activities.
  • There is a small cost to sample your way through the Homegrown Marketplace that is presented by Lowes Food, but admission and parking for the festival is free.
  • It’s a good time!

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