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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Weekend Update: May 18-20

Come out to the State Fairgrounds this weekend as we host the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival, a celebration of North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and local food industry. Our very own Flying Bob visited Valonda Calloway and Sharon Delaney on the set of  My Carolina Today to talk about the event and what visitors can expect. Check out his interview below: Note: If video doesn’t play,  try refreshing browser. Plan your trip at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com, and be sure to follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for updates before and during the event. The Got to Be NC Festival is…

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FiberFest is a spool of fun at Got to Be NC Festival

This year’s Carolina FiberFest promises to be even bigger than last year. For those that don’t know, the FiberFest is a celebration of fiber arts and crafts. It is also part of the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There will be demonstrations, hands-on classes and fun activities for topics ranging from weaving to wool. This year’s lineup features a daily theme: Green/Recycling fiber craft activities on Friday, sock-oriented events on Saturday including a sock fashion show, and events focusing on the community spirit of fiber crafts on Meetup Sunday. There will…

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Shriners serve up N.C. seafood for a good cause

When you come to the Got to Be NC Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend, be sure to stop by the Amran Shriners’ mobile kitchen for a plate of N.C. flounder or shrimp. That plate will not only fuel you up for a full day of fun, it will also benefit children in need of medical care in our community. Money raised from the fish fry will help provide free transportation and medical care to area children being treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America.  The hospitals specialize in the treatment of burns, spinal…

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Got to Be NC Festival this weekend

This weekend, the fairgrounds will host the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival. The annual event is a celebration of North Carolina’s food and agricultural heritage, and there is plenty new in store this year. Consider the following five tips when making your plans: 1. New Festival Hours The festival has new Friday hours this year. The gates will be open from noon to midnight on Friday. Hours for Saturday and Sunday remain 9 a.m. to midnight and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., respectively. For a full schedule of events, go to www.GotToBeNCFestival.com. 2. Cookbook Authors at the Food and…

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Got to Be NC Giveaway

The Got to Be NC Festival is coming back to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 18-20 for a weekend full of events celebrating N.C. food and agricultural heritage. There will be tractor parades, antique farming equipment, the Got to Be NC Food and Wine Expo, Carolina FiberFest and a whole lot of fun for the entire family. N.C. State Fair alumni Third Day also will be performing Friday night in Dorton Arena. Tickets start at $22, but you can get your tickets for free all next week. That’s because they’re giving away prize packs that include 4 tickets to the…

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Border collies show off their herding skills at the Got to Be NC AgFest

The three black and white border collies that were part of the sheepherding demonstration at the Got to Be NC AgFest didn’t act nervous at all even though this was the first year for their event. As soon as they spied the sheep standing off to the side, they had a singular focus. In fact, even when the sheep were corraled at the end of the demonstration they were never far from the minds of the herding dogs. The dogs periodically ran over to the corral just to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be. The sheepherding…

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Wake up with the Deep Fried Crew: Festival edition

Flying Bob and Firecracker give a rundown of the remaining activities at the Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Saturday’s activities includes the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, a bluegrass band competition, the Carolina Rollergirls Roller Derby, Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-in and tractor pull. Sunday, be sure to come out for the FIRST robotics competition and border collie sheepherding demonstrations. You also can enjoy the best of N.C. agriculture in the food and wine expo, participate in a workshop at Carolina FiberFest, interact with animals in the Agri-Plaza and ride carnival rides all weekend. To find…

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