Festival Gate Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Friday: 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 Wristbands
Friday: Purchase from Noon to 9 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides
Sunday: Purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides


Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace

Registration is CLOSED for the Got to Be NC Pavilion. DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2024

Got to Be NC members are invited to show, sample, and sell your products in the Got to Be NC Pavilion / Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace located inside the 50,000 square foot Agri Supply Exposition Center. This is your chance to join over 100 other North Carolina food and beverage companies to promote your products to thousands of consumers. The Got to Be NC Pavilion features only food and beverage products made, processed or grown in North Carolina. A limited number of approved North Carolina-made crafts may exhibit, but priority for exhibit space will be given to food and beverage products.

Everything you need to know about applying for space and participating in the Got to Be NC Pavilion during the Got to Be NC Festival can be found by clicking the links below.


Got to Be NC Pavilion Rules and Regulations

NCDA&CS Food & Drug Protection Division

Certificate of Insurance Example

Wake County Gross Receipts Tax Division
Notice of 1% Prepared Food and Beverage (F&B) Tax

Implementation of the 1% Prepared F&B Tax

Prepared F&B Summary for Festival Concessionaires Q&A

Wake County Environmental Services
Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) Application

TFE Permit Portal – How to Apply

If you are not a current member of the Got to Be NC marketing program, you are encouraged to join so that you can be eligible to participate. Membership is free however you must meet certain criteria to be approved. Click here to sign up for membership. (Note: Membership approval can take up to 12 weeks. The membership application is different from the festival application. You will need to submit both.)


Calling all concessionaires, food trucks and novelty owners: we've got indoor and outdoor space for you. Take a look at our instructions and application below and be part of the hottest festival in the Triangle!

Registration is CLOSED for indoor and outdoor vendors. DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2024


Supplier list coming soon!


Partnering with the Got to Be NC Festival provides opportunities to meet your company’s branding and outreach needs. Our unique 3-day event is visited by 75,000 North Carolinians annually. Joining us signals your commitment to community, education and the great agricultural roots of our state.

Contact: Sarah Ray at sarah.ray@ncagr.gov or 919.839.4527

Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment

Join collectors from across North Carolina for one of the largest antique farm equipment displays in the Southeast. We invite you or your club to bring your favorite tractors and pieces of farm equipment. If your tractor is in working condition, you're encouraged to join us for daily tractor parades around the fairgrounds.


Contact: Pat Short at patshort@bellsouth.net or 336.706-9796