Commissioner Troxler: Got To Be NC Festival this Weekend in Raleigh

Fun times await at the Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This three-day celebration of North Carolina agriculture includes one of the largest tractor displays in the Southeast, a daily tractor parade, the Homegrown Marketplace presented by Lowes Foods, kids activities, grounds entertainment, carnival rides, music, a tractor pull and more. Admission and parking is free to the festival.

  • We are now just four days away from the start of the Got to Be NC Festival, which is a big celebration of North Carolina agriculture.
  • Gates open Friday, May 18, from noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission and parking at the festival is free.
  • Visitors will see one of the largest antique tractor displays in the Southeast, with a daily tractor parade at 1 p.m. around the grounds. Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy antique farm equipment, so seeing all these makes and models of farm equipment in one place is pretty exciting.
  • The parade goes through the fairgrounds so it’s a good time to get something to eat, find a place to sit and watch and listen as these tractors roll by.
  • There is also the Homegrown Marketplace presented by Lowes Foods in the Expo Center. Nearly 100 North Carolina food and beverage companies will be sampling their products and have them available for purchase, too. Admission is $3, and visitors get $2 in Lowes Bucks to be used in the marketplace, except for alcohol purchases.
  • This is a great place to taste many of the delicious products made right here in North Carolina.
  • Speaking of good food, the 13th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook off will be held in conjunction with the festival on May 19. More than 25 Masonic chapter will compete for top honors and bragging rights, and the event raises money for the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.
  • Gates to the Pig Jig open at 11 a.m. for the all-you-care-to-eat-barbecue buffet. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for ages 7-10 and free for kids 6 and under.
  • You can taste barbecue from all of the different teams, and there will be different styles of ‘cue served.
  • This are plenty of family friendly activities for kids of all ages.
  • Visitors will find roving grounds acts, a Kids Corral activity area, a kids pedal tractor pull on Saturday at 11 a.m., a trick pony show, racing pigs, rides, games and food.
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  • Come on out and join us for the fun!