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

Friday: 9:15 p.m.
Saturday: 9:15 p.m.

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

Be a Part:

Vendor Application & Instructions

Antique Farm Equipment Registration

Become a Sponsor

Homegrown Marketplace Vendors

Official Lodging Partner of the
Got to Be NC Festival

Holiday Inn - Crabtree Valley
Holiday Inn - Crabtree Valley


Free Family Entertainment


Friday: Noon - 8 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Nestled between the Jim Graham and Dorton Arena, the Agri-Plaza is your one-stop destination for animals of all sizes. See baby chicks hatch on the spot, learn how to manage your own backyard chicken brood, milk a cow, learn techniques for milking a goat, and check out our menagerie of chickens, cows, longhorns, rabbits, sheep and alpacas.

Backyard Poultry Production classes will be taught in the Agri-Plaza daily, with veterinarians on site all day to answer your questions.

Antique Tractor Pull

Saturday: 2 - 8 p.m.  

Interested in entering the Antique Tractor Pull? Contact Brad Gaupier at 910-990-1239 or visit

Garden Tractor & Lawnmower Pull

Sunday: 2 - 8 p.m. 

Interested in entering the Garden Tractor and Lawnmower Pull? Contact Eddie Jones at 919-669-4809 or Jim Best at 919-796-2775.

Heritage Arts Corner
Heritage Arts Corner

Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

2018 Artisans, include: American Indian Arts, Barking Dog Jewelry Design Studio, CABO - Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners, Capital Quilters Guild, Cornhusk Dolls by Pam Earp, Elk Creek Jewelry Studio,  Empress Farm LLC, Ghana Style, Hanson's Origami, Shepherd's Gate Fiber Mill, Sonali Club, Tim Scholl Custom Knives, Tra-Lia Turning

Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull 

Saturday: 11 a.m.

Kidz Corral
Corn Table

Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Stop by the Kidz Corral, located between the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center, to take a break and color on our Giant Got to Be NC Festival Coloring Wall, play in the corn table and find your way through our NEW pedal tractor course.

Lauryn Zepeda with Gringo the Trick Pony

Friday: 2, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 2:30, and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 2:30, and 5:30 p.m.

You'll find Lauryn Zepeda and Gringo the trick pony, showing off their skills & clicker training down on the midway near Gate 9.

Oscar the Robot

Oscar the Robot will roam the for him!

Pig Patch Birthing Center

Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Head over to the midway near the antique tractors to check out the Pig Patch Birthing Center. We'll be expecting a new litter of piglets each day of the Festival!

Pig Races
Pig Races

Friday: 1, 4, and 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m., 2, 5 and 7 p.m.
Sunday: 1, 4 and 7 p.m.

It's all about the thrill of the race at the Hogway Speedway! Cheer on your favorite swine, and see who will win the coveted cheese doodle. The checkered flag will drop in the tractor area of the midway, near the Martin Building.

Ready, Set, Grow Agri-tainment Show
Ready Set Grow

Friday: 2:30, 4:30, and 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m., 3, and 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30, 3, and 5 p.m.

Join Farmer Ed underneath the breezeway connecting the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center. We guarantee you've never seen an agricultural magic show quite like this! 

Sandy Feet Sculpture presented by Our State
Sandy Feet

Artist Ed Moore will transform a pile of sand into an incredible work of art by the end of the festival. Stop by daily to see his progress.