Got to Be NC Festival Continues to Grow

We’ve been talking about it all week —-the 5th Annual Got to Be NC Festival that gets underway today at noon at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Jim Knight is manager of the festival, and highlights some of the new features this year:

“The biggest change is that the Carolina Fiber Fest has expanded. We recognize the growing strength of this industry and we have over half of the grain building occupied by the Fiber Arts Folks. They have some fiber animals outside. We have expanded the amount of entertainment, more food vendors, a bigger carnival… all in all its just a bigger show.

It has steadily grown over the last five years, especially with the local foods movement. People are very interested in what’s going on in the state. This is really leading them to look for the local options and trying to find out where their food is from.”

Myrtle Early, Marketing Specialist with NCDA describes what’s new and different in the Food Expo in the Exposition Building:

“We have a really good assortment of products that are new this year. We have some new wineries and a lot of great new companies with exciting new products. 

We will be charging $2 to attend the Food Expo, but each person will get a sheet of coupons, 24 in total, each worth at least one dollar. The wineries will be mixed in with the food companies so people can have a snack while they sip and taste wine. 

Friday from Noon till Seven, several different North Carolina cook book authors will be on hand to sign their books. It’s a great time to come out and talk to them. Some will even be doing some sampling.”

And Pat Short is in charge of the motor equipment at the Festival. Souped up lawn mowers are new this year according to Short:

“We will have a lawn mower pull at one o’clock on Sunday. That will be a first for us here at the Festival and we are really excited about that. There are some ‘hot rod’ mowers, some stock class mowers, and a lot of them have turbos on them. They really make a lot of noise and they have a lot of power. Unfortunately they won’t cut grass.” 

On Saturday, according to Short, RFD TV will be doing some taping at the Festival:

“Max Armstrong will be here on Saturday filming for his show. We hope to be on national TV in the next few weeks.”

The Got to Be NC Festival gets underway today at noon at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.