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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009


Jim Knight, festival manager
(919) 839-4506 or

Countdown begins for food, fun of Got to Be NC Festival

RALEIGH — The 2009 Got to Be NC Festival kicks off in a few weeks at the State Fairgrounds and will boast a larger and more diverse show than in 2008. The festival runs Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, and will feature new additions of two free music stages, North Carolina wineries in the Food and Wine Expo, a classic car show, daily tractor parades and more vendors.

"Admission and parking are free, and I hope folks will come out and enjoy the value of this festival and learn a thing or two about our state’s agricultural heritage," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "Along with North Carolina products, we’ll have a carnival, animals, a barbeque contest and, one of my favorites, a huge assortment of antique tractors."

Three North Carolina entertainers will perform on the festival’s Triangle Stage: North Tower, a beach band from Raleigh, will play multiple shows Friday, May 29, and Sunday, May 31; Edsel 500, a rockabilly band from Chapel Hill, will play Saturday; and Steve McGranahan, "The World's Strongest Redneck," will perform between sets daily. Back Porch Bluegrass from Wilkesboro will also perform several shows daily on the Heritage Stage, the location for the Bluegrass Band Competition Saturday.

Grandstand shows include a draft horse pull on Friday evening, tractor pulls on Saturday and lawn mower races on Sunday, May 31. Grandstand events are $5 each.

Other free attractions at the fairgrounds that weekend include a boat show, a health and fitness expo and the flea market. A horse show in the Hunt Complex will be paid admission, and Sesame Street Live will be under way at the RBC Center.

According to festival manager Jim Knight, there is still room for a few more commercial exhibitors both inside and outside, but concession spaces are filled. Entry forms for the bluegrass competition, applications for commercial space, schedule of events and fairgrounds map are available at



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