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CONTACT: Jim Knight, manager
Got to Be NC Festival
(919) 218-0879;

Something for the whole family at the Got to Be NC Festival this weekend

RALEIGH — There’s lots to see and do for free this weekend at the Got to Be NC Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Fans of vintage Fords, Allis Chalmers, John Deeres, Farmalls, Internationals and others will be able to check out hundreds of tractors on display throughout the weekend. Stop and chat with tractor owners and find out more about the different brands and how they’ve restored or maintained these machines. There will be a daily tractor parade at 11 a.m. led by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

In the Holshouser Building, there will be a Fiber Fair and a display of antique homemaking equipment and supplies, as well as a quilting demonstration by the Ladies Auxillary of the Lord Granville Tractor Club. The Fiber Fair will feature weavers, spinners and crafters showcasing how yarn is made from raw material and transformed into useful garments. Alpacas will be on display in Heritage Circle.

In addition to the alpacas, Heritage Circle will also be home to dairy goats, mules and long-horn steers. Back Porch Bluegrass will play on the Bluegrass Stage at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. A Bluegrass Competition will be held on the stage from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Got to Be NC festival is presented by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Kerr Drugs May 29-31. There will be a Food Expo, carnival, live music and children’s activities each day, plus a draft horse pull and classic car show on Friday; a tractor pull and Harley-Davidson motorcycle show on Saturday; and lawnmower races on Sunday.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking for the festival are free. There is a fee for grandstand events. For more information, 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) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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