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Got to be NC Fest

North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Nc State Fairgrounds, Exposition Center, Grandstand, Graham Building, Grounds. May 19th-21st Hours at events vary. Gate admission is FREE.

Celebrate North Carolina as we "Spring into Summer" during the 10th annual Got to be NC Festival, May 19-21! Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, gate admission is free for all ages! Come sample and buy food, beer and wine from dozens of North Carolina companies in the Got to be NC Homegrown Fare at Exposition Center, sponsored by Lowe"s Foods (admission required - get redeemable coupons at door), enjoy the free Dorton Arena Music Stage, and treat your kids to the pony rides, racing pigs and a Kidz Corral Activity Zone. Don"t miss the fun at Heritage Plaza and the new Heritage Arts Corner inside of Graham. How about a daily tractor parade of the antique tractors on hand? Loads of fun with more details to come! And remember, gate admission is FREE!!!

Friday Gates open at 12 noon. to 10 p.m.
Saturday gates open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday gates open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Building & Exhibit Hours:
Friday 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Got To be NC Homegrown Fare, sponsored by Lowe"s Foods Exposition Center

10th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off: $15 for adults and kids 6 and under eat FREE - Saturday only beginning 11a.m. on lot beside the Exposition Center. Grandstand Activities:
Friday 2 p.m. Presented by Go Unmanned! specialists in Drone Technology
Friday 4:30-7:30 p.m. Gator Wars
Friday 5 p.m. Flag Presentations on Horseback
Friday 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. Wake County Sheriff"s K-9 Unit
Saturday 2-8 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull
Sunday 2-8 p.m. Garden Tractor & Lawnmower Pull

Dorton Arena: Attractions/Music
Outlaw Nation - Southern Rock * Real Country
(starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday)
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Carolina Bluegrass Battle
(Host Band: The Church Sisters 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.)

Carnival - Pay as you go - click below for details
(buy wristbands on site on Friday and Sunday):
Friday: 12 noon - 10 p.m.*
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.*
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
* May extend for one hour based on attendance
Carnival Wrist Bands
Friday: $20 - purchase noon to 5 p.m. - Good until 10:00 p.m. - unlimited rides
Sunday: $20 - purchase all-day Sunday - unlimited rides

FIREWORKS: 9:15 pm on Friday & Saturday!
Daily Tractor Parade at 1 p.m. and much, much, much more!
Visit or for an expanded list of free attractions. Produced by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Steve Troxler, Commissioner. Free Admission activities also scheduled at the Fairgrounds during the GOT TO BE NC FESTIVAL:
Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show in the Holshouser Building, Chatlee Boat Show & Sale in the Scott Building, Adidas Clearance Sale,and Island Spring Festival in the Graham Building, Wake County 4-H Horse Show on Saturday and District 4-H Horse Show on Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex and the Raleigh Flea Market in the Education & Commercial Buildings.

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