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Contact: Jeff Thomas, manager
Goodness Grows in N.C. Program
(919) 733-7887

Kellie Pickler kicks off Got to Be NC Homegrown Concert Series March 16 in Emerald Isle

RALIEGH - Albemarle native and American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler will kick off the first-ever Got to Be NC Homegrown Concert Series with a free concert March 16 at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center.

Pickler will be the first of four N.C. performers to be featured in the four-concert Homegrown Series sponsored by Goodness Grows in North Carolina and radio station WRNS 95.1 FM. Fans can expect Pickler to perform the hit single "Red High Heels" and her new release, "I Wonder," from her gold-selling debut album, "Small Town Girl."

Tickets will only be available through WRNS promotions and live remotes. Following is an upcoming list of locations and times:

  • Friday, March 9, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Kroger, 3040 Evans St.,Greenville;

  • Saturday, March 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Bojangles on Hwy 70, Kinston;

  • Wednesday, March 14, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Texas Steakhouse, 101 Parkwood Drive, Jacksonville;

  • Wednesday, March 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sharpies Grill & Bar, 521 Front St., Beaufort;

  • Friday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Food Lion, 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.

"We are proud to present the Got to Be NC Homegrown Concert Series as a way to showcase our great-tasting agricultural commodities and foods, as well as the talents of some of our state's most notable entertainers, such as Kellie Pickler," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "Country music and agriculture share many traditions and connections, and combining the two in a concert series seemed a natural fit."

Consumer trends point to a growing interest by shoppers in wanting to know where their food comes from, and particularly in buying locally grown products. The Got to Be NC marketing campaign is designed to help consumers easily identify food products in grocery stores and in restaurants that are grown or produced in the state.

Buying local also represents a win for the economy, Troxler said.

"When you buy locally produced commodities, you not only get great tasting and fresher foods, you also make an investment in your communities," Troxler said. "Farm dollars support the local economy through businesses, schools and jobs."

The Got to Be NC Homegrown Concert Series consists of four free concerts to be presented in venues across Eastern North Carolina with the goal of raising awareness of the variety of North Carolina agricultural products. Agriculture and agribusiness represent the state's leading industry, generating more than $68 billion annually and employing 17 percent of the workforce.

To learn more about the Got to Be NC Homegrown Concert Series, the Goodness Grows in NC program and the Got to Be NC campaign, featuring local products and producers, go to



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047