Today’s Topic: Got to Be NC Festival

by | May 12, 2015

Todays-TopicAgriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The eighth annual Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 15-17. It’s our celebration of North Carolina agriculture and food. And this year, Lowes Foods has joined us as a presenting sponsor.

The company will be part of Homegrown Fare, the festival’s popular showcase of North Carolina food, wine and beer.

Got to Be NC FestivalAgriculture is at the heart of the festival. Many kids today are at least two generations removed from the farm. The festival is a great place for families to see farm animals and learn more about the hardworking men and women who make up North Carolina’s leading industry.

This year’s festival features an expanded Agri-Plaza full of animals of all sizes. Visitors can see baby chickens hatch and watch ducklings slide into a wading pool. In addition, they can try their hand at milking a cow. There also will be chickens, cows, sheep and alpacas on display, and farmers will share information about each animal.

Besides the livestock displays, the festival also will host its first rabbit and cavy shows. The cavy is a family of animals that includes guinea pigs.

The festival favorites also will be back, including the Carolina Pig Jig barbecue cook-off for charity, lots of antique farm equipment and the daily tractor parade, food, carnival rides and a bluegrass band competition.

Festival admission and parking are free. For festival hours and other information, visit

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the 2015 edition of the Got to Be NC Festival.

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