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



Young Farmer of the Day

The Got To Be NC Festival is honoring farmers aged 18-40 in a brand-new way this year through the Young Farmer of the Day program. The program, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina, celebrates our state’s agricultural future and three young farmers who are behind our state’s $95.9 billion agriculture and agribusiness industry.


“Developing our next generation of farmers is one of the most critical opportunities we have in agriculture today. Their ideas, adaptability to new technologies and commitment to developing efficient best practices for their farms will advance agriculture in ways we haven’t even dreamed yet,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “They are out there every day working hard to grow the food, fiber and fuel we need, and we look forward to recognizing their efforts at the Got To Be NC Festival in May.”


The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina is a leader in developing the next generation of North Carolina farmers. From scholarships and financial services to educational events and leadership programs, their commitment to growing rural North Carolina has impacted our state for decades.


"Farm Credit has always recognized that young, beginning and small farmers, including veterans and minorities, are an intricate part of the agricultural industry in North Carolina,” said Dave Corum, CEO AgCarolina Farm Credit, Evan Kleinhans, CEO Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Vance Dalton, CEO Carolina Farm Credit. “Their hard work, spirit, and drive inspire us as lenders as we fulfill our mission of providing financing to agriculture and rural communities. We're honored to support the Young Farmer of The Day program and look forward to awarding the next leaders in this integral community."


Friday, May 20

Amy Powers
Powers Strawberries and Farm Market
Lumberton, NC

Saturday, May 21

Landon Andrews
Andrews Tree Farm & Nursery
Sparta, NC

Sunday, May 22

Leah Williams
Williams Produce Farm
Autryville, NC