Get Ready for the Got to Be NC Festival

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the 11th annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include: Homegrown Marketplace presented by Lowes Foods, in the Exposition Center. Nearly 100 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Admission is $3 for ages 12 or older, but visitors will get a coupon for $2 off purchase (excluding alcohol) 10th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from 40 Masonic Lodges. Tickets are $15 for ages…

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NC State Fair youth scholarship recipients honored at Got to Be NC Festival

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. Youth who show livestock at the N.C. State Fair are a hardworking, responsible and dedicated group. They stay busy working with their animals and taking care of them. While these youth are focused on their livestock and showing, they are also…

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We’re bringing Casey back – mascot returns after 40-plus-year absence

There’s a new bird in town – and he’ll be making his debut at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 15-17. Casey Cardinal will represent the fair at promotional events and during the annual N.C. State Fair. He will begin high-fiving children and posing for selfies this month. Some seasoned fairgoers might remember Casey’s predecessor from the late 1960s and early 1970s. A few lucky fairgoers might even have a couple of souvenirs from the original Casey’s heyday. We have a few lying around the Agriculture Building in downtown Raleigh, including a key chain and cup featuring the mascot….

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Got to Be NC Festival celebrates Armed Forces Day

In honor of Armed Forces Day, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will ride a special Wounded Warrior Project tractor in today’s tractor parade at 1 p.m. The black-painted 1955 WD45 Diesel Allis Chalmers tractor is a custom build by Curtis Mabe of Parkton. He built the tractor as a tribute to all military from World War II to present. It features the names of all 10,500 North Carolinian war casualties who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. “These men and women, and the sacrifices they made for our freedom, are truly our heros,” Mabe said. Come out and show your support…

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Weekend Update: May 16-18

This weekend the fairgrounds is the place to be as the annual Got to Be N.C. Festival brings a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. Gate admission is free. Festival hours are Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Building and exhibit hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m .to 6 p.m. Sample and buy food, beer and wine from more than 80 North Carolina companies in the Food, Wine and…

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Get a taste of North Carolina at the Got to be N.C. Festival

Sample some North Carolina goodness at the State Fairgrounds this weekend as the N.C. Food Wine and Beer Expo sets up in the Exposition Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This event is part of the annual Got to be N.C. Festival. “The Got to Be N.C. Festival is a celebration of N.C. agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “What better way to celebrate than giving everyone an opportunity to sample products that are made in our state.” The expo features more than 80 companies sampling and selling products made in North Carolina. A $2 admission fee for ages 12…

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Weekend update: May 24-27

This weekend is a holiday weekend, and as such, there will be fewer events at the fairgrounds. But don’t let that stop you from coming out and enjoying the Raleigh Flea Market and the few events that are happening: The Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale in the Holshouser Building offers the opportunity to buy and consign anything related to equestrian sport. Saddles, tack, riding clothes, boots, bits, blankets, carts, jewelry, art, helmets and more for all riding disciplines are available. The sale is open Friday thru Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m….

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Press Office Challenge: Got to be NC Festival edition

With so many fairs and festivals under our collective belts, we have to challenge ourselves to find something new or different each year. One of the big highlights each day at the Got to Be NC Festival is the tractor parade. For several years now, I’ve said that I wanted to learn to drive one. So this year, I asked Pat Short, who oversees the tractor display at the Got to Be NC Festival, to teach me. Not only did Pat teach me to drive a tractor, he offered up his 1952 John Deere MT to drive in the parade….

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