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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009


Jim Knight, festival manager
(919) 733-7887 or

Got to Be NC Festival returns to State Fairgrounds in May

RALEIGH – The 2009 Got to Be NC Festival will return to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 29-31 with carnival rides and games, a food and wine expo, music, and a lot of antique tractors and farm equipment.

Other attractions will include pony rides, a petting zoo, draft horse pulls, antique tractor pulls and lawnmower racing.

“We had a great first year in 2008, but we managed to pick the hottest weekend ever recorded in Raleigh,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We’ve moved a week earlier for 2009, adjusted the layout and added new attractions to make this an even better festival for the entire family.”

Grounds construction in the area near Dorton Arena has been completed, allowing the festival to condense its footprint. The carnival will occupy a portion of the new midway, with antique farm equipment filling the rest of that space. Independent concession vendors, commercial exhibitors and some of the animal attractions will be placed in the newly revamped area outside Dorton Arena. The Food Expo will be in the Exposition Building.

Heritage Circle will host a wide range of “classic” agricultural activities, including demonstrations of antique farm equipment, storytelling, soap-making, ice cream churning and dairy goat milking.

“Changing the festival’s layout will allow for more public parking on the fairgrounds, create a better traffic flow for both pedestrians and vehicles, and reduce the amount of walking needed to cover the entire festival,” said festival manager Jim Knight. “The Food Expo will be open all three days, and will also showcase North Carolina’s growing wine industry with sampling and sales. There will be more music, more food, and it’s still free admission to everything except the grandstand shows and the rides.”

Festival information is available online at The site also contains registration forms for antique farm equipment and applications for commercial exhibit space. Updated schedules and new information will be posted on the Web site weekly.


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) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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