Got to Be NC Festival runs May 19-21
The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 19-21 with free entertainment and activities for the whole family.
New additions to the festival for 2017 include the Great Pig Patch Birthing Center, where visitors may have the chance to see a litter of piglets being born; a large-scale sand sculpture by SandyFeat; daily rock and country music in Dorton Arena put on by Outlaw Nation; a bulldozer sandbox exhibit where festival goers can watch big kids play around with really big earth-moving equipment; a giant mural where visitors can color to their heart’s content; and a presentation on unmanned aerial vehicle uses in agriculture.
Visitors can also take a ride on the State Fair Flyer, the only permanent ride on the fairgrounds. The Flyer debuted at the 2016 N.C. State Fair, and this is the first year it will operate during the festival.
Popular attractions returning are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and the Prehistoric Adventure, which is an interactive show where kids can see roaming dinosaurs and animated displays, and the Got to Be NC Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods, where visitors can sample North Carolina products and beverages.
orty chapters of Masons will compete for bragging rights in the Carolina Masonic Pig Jig BBQ Cook-Off and fundraiser on Saturday, May 20. Beginning at 11 a.m. after the final official judging takes place, festival goers will have the opportunity to feast on the barbecue prepared by the teams. Cost is $15 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 7 to 11, and free for kids 6 and under.
Be sure to check out the tractor power showcased in the Sam Rand Grandstand at the Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Friday, May 19, at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; the Antique Tractor Pull Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 8 p.m.; the Garden Tractor and Lawnmower Pull Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Those seeking the thrills and squeals of the midway rides will find special deals on Friday and Sunday, when wrist bands can be purchased from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday for $20 per day for unlimited rides.
Festival gates open from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Buildings open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and close two hours earlier on each day. Fireworks are provided Friday and Saturday at 9:15 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free, but there is a $3 charge for the Homegrown Fare. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Lowes Foods loyalty card holders can get two free admissions to the Homegrown Fare by showing their card.