Tractors rolling in to the Got to Be NC Festival

If you love old tractors, the State Fairgrounds is your place to be this weekend. More than 1,000 tractors and pieces of antique farm equipment will be on display at the Got to Be NC Festival.

A quick look around the grounds revealed tractors in nearly every color — orange, green, red, blue, pink and grey.

One especially impressive tractor spotted is a big orange 1964 Allis Chalmers D-21 with tires that are more than 5 and half feet tall.  It is owned by Curtis Mabe of Parkton. It’s neighbor is an equally impressive 1928 Twin City Minneapolis 27-44 with steel wheels. It is owned by Larry McDowell of Farmer.

This 1964 Allis Chalmers D-21 is one big machine. Be sure to check out it's rear tires that are bigger than 5 and a half feet tall.

This 1964 Allis Chalmers D-21 is one big machine. Be sure to check out its rear tires that are bigger than 5 and a half feet tall.

At 11 a.m. today, there will be a tractor parade around the grounds, led by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Come see the colorful display of tractor power.

The festival opens at 9 a.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are until midnight Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 241 days during the past 23 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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