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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

CONTACT: Jim Knight, manager
Got to Be NC Festival
(919) 733-7887;

Winners announced for Got to Be NC Festival's barbecue,
bluegrass and tractor competitions

RALEIGH — More than 85,000 people attended the Got to Be NC Festival, May 21-23 at the State Fairgrounds.

Despite periodic thunderstorms, attendees enjoyed a variety of North Carolina agricultural products, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and live music. The festival, presented by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, also featured the N.C. Food and Wine Expo, pig races, a draft horse pull, classic car show, Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-in, tractor pull and lawnmower racing.

“We are overwhelmed by the area’s support of the festival and of North Carolina agriculture,” said Jim Knight, festival manager. “Planning is already under way to make next year’s event even better, and we will announce those dates soon.”

Several competitions were held during the free three-day event, including the Carolina Pig Jig, bluegrass competition and antique tractor showcase.

At the Carolina Pig Jig barbecue competition, more than 3,000 people sampled all-you-can-eat barbecue by 28 teams representing Masonic lodges from across the state. This year’s Pig Jig was the most successful fundraiser in the history of the event, raising more than $9,000 for the Central Children’s Home and Masonic Homes for Children of Oxford. The winners were:

  • Grand champion: Hiram Lodge #40 of Raleigh
  • Second place: 27th Masonic District, P.H.A., of Greensboro
  • Third place: William G. Hill Lodge #218 of Raleigh
  • Fourth place: Rolesville Lodge #683 of Rolesville
  • Fifth place: Widow’s Son Lodge #4, P.H.A., of Raleigh
  • Team spirit: Riverside Lodge #606 of Catawba
  • People’s choice award, determined by the public: Hiram Lodge #40 of Raleigh

Sounds of picking and fiddling floated from the flower-show area as amateur bluegrass bands took to the bluegrass stage. Prizes were awarded to the top three bands:

  • First place: McFarland Road of Laurel Hill
  • Second place: Sourwood Mountain of Franklinton
  • Third place: Bethesda Bluegrass Band of Durham

Various prizes also were awarded to owners of antique farm equipment on display during the festival:

  • Best of Show: Curtis Mabe of Parkton, 1964 Allis-Chalmers D21
  • Best of Show, Prior to 1930: Ken and Patti Eder of Carthage, 1914 Sawyer Massey
  • Best of Show, 1930-49: Jim Karriker of Mooresville, 1949 Allis-Chalmers G
  • Best of Show, 1950-60: Neil Fishel of Winston-Salem, 1953 McCormick 04
  • Best Original Condition: Shane McDowell and Larry McDowell of Denton, 1929 McCormick-Deering 22-36

For more information on the festival, visit




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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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