Got to Be N.C. Festival in Raleigh

Got to Be NC Festival

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Each May, North Carolinians from all over come to celebrate the best of farms, food and fun at the Got to Be N.C Festival in Raleigh.

“The Got to Be NC Festival is a showcase of North Carolina’s $84 billion agriculture industry,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says. “We hope visitors from across North Carolina will join us in the celebration as we enter the heart of the growing season in our state.”

Held at the state fairgrounds, the 11th annual Got to be N.C. Festival will take place May 18-20. Visitors can expect to see one of the largest displays of antique farm equipment in the Southeast, along with samples of amazing food, wine and beer from across North Carolina. At the 2016 festival, Lowes Foods showcased delicious pimento beer cheese dip, deep-fried Cheerwine balls, Smithfield deep-fried pork chops with chow chow and lots more tasty recipes using North Carolina products. The festival also features free entertainment with carnival rides, games, fireworks, auto and truck shows, lumberjacks, the Carolina Pig Jig barbecue cook-off, musicians and performers, and more.

The festival is managed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and it aims to promote the Got to Be N.C. program, which publicizes the state’s agricultural bounty at home and abroad.

For more information on the 2018 celebration, visit or

– Rachel Bertone

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