First ever ‘Got to Be NC Festival’ kicks off Friday

Posted June 5, 2008 6:30 p.m. EDT

— A four-day festival celebrating North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and locally produced foods kicks off Friday at the State Fairgrounds.

The festival features a food trade show, antique tractors, draft horse and antique tractor pulls, the official state barbecue cooking championship, carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, pig races, a bluegrass band competition and country, bluegrass and beach music performances.

“We’re excited to show off agriculture in North Carolina with more than 70 N.C. food companies sampling and offering delicious foods for sale,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In addition, this could be the largest gathering of antique farm equipment in North Carolina, based on the response we’ve gotten so far. Mix in the N.C. Barbecue Championship and great music, and it’s going to be a real celebration of our agricultural heritage.”

Festival hours are 3 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free. Tickets to events in the Sam Rand Grandstand are $5.