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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009


Louis Johnson, Classic Car Show manager
(919) 614-9360 or

Kris Weiss, Ray Price Harley-Davidson promotions manager
(919) 832-2261 or

Classic cars, motorcycles roll into Dorton Arena
for Got to Be NC Festival

RALEIGH — The Got to Be NC Festival hopes to rev visitors’ engines with a free classic car exhibit Friday, May 29, and free Harley-Davidson motorcycle parade and show Saturday, May 30, in Dorton Arena.

The Classic Car Showcase will open Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a collection of vintage rides made prior to 1980. Festival visitors can vote for their favorite vehicles, and judges will award trophies for top Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp., General Motors and “other” brand vehicles.

Car owners may enter automobiles for the showcase online at up until the day of the show. Vehicles can arrive between noon and 4:30 p.m. and depart between 8:30 and 11 p.m., and a wash and detail area will be provided for owners.

The festival will celebrate N.C. barbeque at its Carolina Pig Jig, but a different type of hog will be on display Saturday afternoon. Motorcyclists will gather at 10 a.m. at the Ray Price Harley-Davidson dealership on South Saunders Street before parading to the fairgrounds at 11 a.m. with the help of a police escort.

“We want to put a purpose behind the parade, so we’re asking our riders to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina,” said Kris Weiss, promotions manager at Ray Price Harley-Davidson. “Parading is always a big deal for our bikers, and we expect around 100 motorcyclists.”

When the Harleys arrive through Gate 11 at Dorton Arena around 11:30 a.m., they will circle the fairgrounds behind the Got to Be NC Big Cart, a larger than life shopping cart with a Chevrolet 396 V-8 engine. The bikes will then be on display throughout the day for festival visitors to browse and vote on the People’s Choice award for best bike.

The Got to Be NC festival will be presented by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Kerr Drug May 29-31. It will feature 1,000 pieces of antique farm equipment, a carnival, live music and children’s activities each day, plus a draft horse pull on Friday, a tractor pull 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, and there is a fee for grandstand events. For more information, go online to



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