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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

CONTACT: Tansy O’Bryant, media marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(919) 707-3105 or tansy.obryant@ncagr.gov

Got to Be NC Festival returning to Raleigh May 20-22

A daily antique tractor parade is held a the Got to Be NC Festival
An antique tractor parade is held daily at the Got to Be NC Festival.
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Got to Be NC Festival logoRALEIGH – The 2011 Got to Be NC Festival, a celebration of North Carolina’s agricultural bounty, will be at the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 20-22.

This three-day celebration features a Food and Wine Expo, Fiber Fair, carnival, antique tractors, draft horses, music and more. Gate admission and parking are free.

“This festival is a tremendous showcase of North Carolina’s farm products, and will give consumers a chance to meet the farmers and companies that provide the diverse products we offer,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We’ve expanded the Food and Wine Expo to include cheeses from around the state and a farmers market. The Fiber Fair will be bigger and will move into the Graham Building along with commercial exhibits and the new Sports Zone.”

Dorton Arena will host a classic car cruise-in on Friday evening, and the Carolina Rollergirls will host a regional roller derby competition all day on Saturday with paid admission. The grandstand will feature a draft horse pull Friday evening and antique tractor pull Saturday. All grandstand events will be free.

The festival joins forces with local music organization PineCone for the first N.C. Old-Time Fiddle Championship on Saturday afternoon on the outdoor stage near Dorton Arena. The stage will host musical acts from around the state throughout the weekend.

The Shriners will return with their “Go Fish Friday” featuring N.C. seafood on May 20, and the Masons are expanding the N.C. Pig Jig on Saturday, featuring barbecue cooking teams from across the state.

The Got to be NC Festival is a production of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. More information and updated schedules are available at the festival website, www.ncagfest.com. A limited number of commercial exhibit and sponsor space is still available both inside the Graham Building and outdoors.

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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) 707-3005; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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