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

Be a Part:

Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace Application

Antique Farm Equipment Registration

Heritage Arts Corner Application

Become a Sponsor


Carolina Bluegrass Battle

Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Got To Be NC Festival Stage - outside Dorton Arena
free spectator admission 

Picking and plucking bluegrass style. Bands with both traditional and contemporary styles will compete for bragging rights, gigs and cash.

Competition is open to all amateur bluegrass bands from North Carolina playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Bands must consist of at least three members, and no band member may compete in more than one band. Competition will be limited to the first 8 (eight) bands to register. The winning band from 2018 will not be eligible to compete.

Bands will be provided with a professional sound system with mics and a direct box for an electric bass. Floor monitors will be provided. Bands will have five minutes to take the stage, tune and test the sound before your competition set of songs. Competition section not to exceed twenty minutes in length.

Judging will be scored on musicality, crowd appeal, vocal performance and instrument performance. The decision of the judges will be final.

1st Place $500 (plus a guaranteed paid job at the 2020 N.C. State Fair, a paid job at PreddyFest 2020, a paid job
opening the Willow Oak Fest in Roxboro on June 13, and a job at Little John’s Mountain Music Fest)

2nd Place $250
3rd Place $125