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

Indoor/Outdoor Vendor Application

Become a Sponsor




Action Alley

Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Action Alley is a fun-filled educational exhibit next to the Exposition Center, allowing our smallest festival attendees to explore vehicles they don’t normally get to see and experience close-up. It will offer children a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types including: public service, emergency, utility,construction, landscaping, transportation, and delivery.




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

NEW LOCATION IN 2022: Inside the Jim Graham Building!

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 pigs, cows, longhorns, rabbits, sheep, alpacas and more.



Agri-Puppets Agritainment Show

Friday: 1:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Head over to the breezeway outside the Exposition Center to find the Agri-Puppets and learn all about agriculture and animals. Boomer and Oscar teach the importance of farming, where your food comes from and what farmers really do all day to provide the food we all enjoy. The show includes bubble popping, dancing, interactive question/answers and more! Bring the kids over to learn about agriculture in a massively fun way!



Antique Tractor Pull

Saturday: 2 - 8 p.m. 

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



Boomer's Farm Truck

Friday: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Be on the look-out for Boomer driving his farm truck around the festival grounds and come on over for a photo-op with our agri-celebrity!



Feeder Pigs

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

Located right beside the Pig Patch Birthing Center, you'll find our fiesty feeder pigs. Currently weighing in around 30 pounds, their antics are sure to make you smile. Members from the North Carolina Pork Council will be on hand to answer your questions about pork production in North Carolina.



Festival Homegrown Music Stage


We're all about what makes North Carolina the absolute best place to live, work and play...and the music coming out of North Carolina is amazing. Click through to check out our full line-up!



N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services'
Germ City with the Division of Food and Drug Protection

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


NEW LOCATION IN 2022: Inside the Jim Graham Building!

How clean are your hands? Even if you think you have a good hand-washing technique, you may be surprised with the germs you leave behind. That’s the focus of Germ City! While you're in the Graham Building, make sure you take a time out to learn proper hand washing techniques after you visit the animals!


Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull 

Saturday: 1 p.m.

Get ready, get set....GOOOOOO! Come on down to the Grandstand on Saturday for your littles to participate in our Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull! Ribbons will be awarded to the fastest on the track! Age appropriate for those 2-8.

Kidz Corral

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

NEW LOCATION IN 2022: Inside the Jim Graham Building!

Stop by the Kidz Corral 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 the pedal tractor course.



King BMX Stunt Show

Friday: 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12. 2 and 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m.

Let's have some high-flying fun! Located between Dorton Arena and the Graham Building, the atheletes from the King BMX Stunt Show will thrill the audiences with their adrenaline-filled tricks that defy gravity.



NCDA&CS Spotted Lanternfly Detection Demonstrations
featuring K-9 Goose

Friday: 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5 p.m.

Did you know the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumuer Services is home to two spotted lanternfly detection dogs? K-9 Goose and K-9 Kita work with their handlers Plant Protection Specialists Chad Taylor and Jackie Fredieu to sniff out the destructive pest that causes severe damage to trees, plants and vineyards.

Head over between the Expo Center and Grandstand to see Chad and K-9 Goose for a demonstration on how K-9 Goose's amazing nose is able to sniff out the spotted lanternfly and protect our state from this invasive pest.



N.C. Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service & U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Every year since 1970, the U.S. Forest Service has provided a Christmas tree to the U.S. Capitol, and this year, the tree will come from the National Forests in North Carolina! You can be part of the fun by visiting the N.C. Forest Service exhibit to make an ornament that will decorate the tree. Follow the exciting journey of the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at www.uscapitolchristmastree.com, @uscapitolchristmastree on Facebook and Instagram, or the National Forests in North Carolina website at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc, @nfsnc on Facebook, or @NFsNCarolina on Twitter. Watch for the tree this fall as it parades through communities in North Carolina from Murphy to Manteo before heading up to Washington, DC.


U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ornament-making will be available from 1-3 p.m., daily in the Graham Building.



North Carolina Police Dog Association

featuring K-9 Officers from the Kinston Police Department and the Nashville Police Department

Saturday, May 21: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


K-9 Officers will be on-hand to demonstrate obedience training, apprehension and release, article search and drug detection. While your focus is on the working dog, don't miss the specialized training the K-9 handler demonstrates to both train their dog and to keep them at peak performance.

Demonstrations will be held between the Expo Center and Grandstand.


Pig Patch Birthing Center

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


NEW LOCATION IN 2022: Inside the Jim Graham Building!

Our sows will be welcoming their newest litters of piglets in The Pig Patch Birthing Center located in the Jim Graham Building. We'll be wishing a 'Happy Birthday' to new piglets each day of the Festival.


SouthLand Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom

NEW LOCATION IN 2022: Inside the Jim Graham Building!

Friday: noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

Want to know how the milk in your grocery store gets there? At the Southland Dairy Classroom, we'll demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. We're bringing the dairy experience directly to you by sharing the a process that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture!



Young Farmer of the Day


North Carolina's next generation of farmers is in the field and the lab, at the farmstand and in the classroom. They are leading the way in feeding and clothing the world. We are proud to recognize three outstanding young farmers at this year's Got To Be NC Festival. Click through to see the winners!