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Lots of Wheels at Got to be NC Festival Next Weekend

The Got to Be NC Festival will boast a large lineup of antique tractors and farm equipment May 17-19 at the State Fairgrounds, but those machines won’t be the only wheeled attractions on display. 

On Friday, the festival will host a cruise-in featuring all types and eras of classic cars. The cars will be on display beginning at 3 p.m. in Dorton Arena. Trophies will be given for the best vehicles in a variety of categories. The cruise-in is open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, campers and motor homes that are restored or in original condition. 

On Saturday at 1 p.m., a fleet of Harley-Davidson motorcycles will arrive in a parade. They will be on display outside Dorton Arena all afternoon. The

Got to Be NC Festival celebrates North Carolina agriculture and heritage with educational exhibits, entertainment and the Food, Wine and Beer Expo. Festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Cattlemen’s Boot Camp At Clemson

There’s still time to register for the Cattlemen’s Boot Camp at Clemson University on June 3rd and 4th. The event is hosted by the American Angus Association and Clemson University and is open to all seedstock and commercial cattle producers. Grazing management, herd health, marketing, reproductive performance and bull buying strategies are just a few of the topics to be covered in this year’s boot camp. Registration fee is $75 and deadline is May 20th, and no late registrations or walk-ups will be accepted. For more information visit

Spring Growers Meeting Coming Up Next Week

A spring growers meeting to discuss compliance with labor rules and regulations is set for May 14 at the State Farmers Market in Columbia. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Phillips Market Center. 

Representatives from the United State Department of Labor will present information important to farmers and growers and the operations they run and is open to all growers, labor industry professionals and agribusiness industry representatives. The session will include a question and answer time. 

For more information, please contact Amy London with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture at (803) 734-2225 or

Salmonella Infected Cucumbers Traced Back to Mexico

An outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul linked to imported cucumbers has sickened at least 81 people in 18 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from the 78 illnesses CDC reported April 25. 

There have been three reported illnesses in both North Carolina and Virginia from the cucumbers imported from a Mexican greenhouse operation. 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.