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Inside the Got to Be NC Festival

Celebrate North Carolina agriculture at a free three-day festival with carnival rides, animals, food, and entertainment.

A row of shiny red tractors with carnival rides in the background.

Catch a daily tractor parade honoring a different young farmer in the ag. industry.

Photos provided by Got to Be NC

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Cancel your weekend plans. The 2023 Got to Be NC Festival opens at the NC State Fairgrounds today, May 19 at noon through Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. There’s free entry, free parking, plus piglets and fried egg throwing competitions galore.

Read on for some can’t-miss highlights and attractions.

Butterfly Barn

Learn about the life cycles of native butterflies while they flutter around you.

Carolina Cooker Skillet Skee-Ball

Skee-ball, but with fried eggs and cast-iron skillets. Head to the Graham corral at 11 a.m. to sign up to compete.

Chick Hatchery

Watch baby chicks be born.

A goat looking directly into the camera.

Head to the Agri-Plaza for animals like llamas, alpacas, and goats.

Photo by Owen S. Jordan Photography

Pardoned Thanksgiving Turkeys

Remember Chocolate + Chip, the 2022 pardoned Thanksgivings Turkeys? Meet ‘em in person.

Kenya Safari Acrobats

Incredible acrobatic displays meet stories of African culture.

Feeder Pigs

Say hi to feisty 30-pound feeder pigs.

Eats

Look forward to fudge, barbecue, ice cream, and fried fair fare.

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