North Carolina State Fair

Crowds pulled to fairgrounds for festivals

Posted May 22, 2010 7:12 p.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2010 7:38 p.m. EDT

— A cluster of events drew crowds to the N.C. State Fairgrounds Saturday.

The annual Got to Be N.C. Festival joined the regular flea market, the Wake County 4-H Show and WRAL's Wellness Weekend.

For Kenneth Grady, the tractor pull was one of the highlights of the day's action.

"This is the NASCAR of farming," he said.

Clay Grady, 10, said he enjoyed watching how far the tractors could get and how much power they generated.

Natalie Rouse, 10, was pulling for her dad as he pulled with his tractor.

He confessed to a mild case of race-day jitters. "I never pulled in front of a crowd this big before," said Kent Rouse. "This is a new one to me."

The Got to Be NC Festival features music, games, rides, entertainment and food with a Tar Heel flavor.

"I think it brings awareness to the people to really not forget where their food is coming from," Rouse said.

At the Jim Graham Building, visitors could get health screenings, watch cooking demonstrations, participate in healthy activities as part of WRAL Wellness weekend.

The action continues Sunday, and admission is free. Fairgrounds representatives estimate that more than 100,000 people will visit to take part in the fun.