"Life is short, so do the things you love with the people you love." Rollercoaster is the fair-themed nickname for Taylor Harris, an information and communications specialist in the Public Affairs Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. An alumni of N.C. State University and former Marketing and Sales Assistant with Scott Farms, a sixth-generation family farm out of Lucama, NC, she is no stranger to the world of agriculture. Football and singing are her biggest passions. While at the fair, her "must do" items are a pineapple smoothie from Tropical Delight and a ride on the Fireball, now referred to as F5.

Young Farmer of the Day: Stephen Jones with Beaufort County Organics

Each year at the Got to Be NC Festival, we recognize three young farmers between the ages of 18 and 40 through our Young Farmer of the Day Program, presented by AgCarolina Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit. These young farmers work hard every single day to further the N.C. Agriculture industry and build upon it as the next generation of leaders. Come out during the Got to Be NC Festival this year, May 17-19th, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to help us recognize them and say thank you for all their hard work!  Stephen Jones, owner and operator of…

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Young Farmer of the Day: Cole Revis with Revis Farms & Flat Rock Fresh

Each year at the Got to Be NC Festival, we recognize three young farmers between the ages of 18 and 40 through our Young Farmer of the Day Program, presented by AgCarolina Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit. These young farmers work hard every single day to further the N.C. Agriculture industry and build upon it as the next generation of leaders. Come out during the Got to Be NC Festival this year, May 17-19th, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to help us recognize them and say thank you for all their hard work!  Farming is a family affair for…

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Young Farmer of the Day: Tate Mayo with Mayo Mills

Each year at the Got to Be NC Festival, we recognize three young farmers between the ages of 18 and 40 through our Young Farmer of the Day Program, presented by AgCarolina Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit. These young farmers work hard every single day to further the N.C. Agriculture industry and build upon it as the next generation of leaders. Come out during the Got to Be NC Festival this year, May 17-19th, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to help us recognize them and say thank you for all their hard work!  As a third generation farmer and…

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N.C. Forest Service exhibit will offer new activities during the 2024 Got To Be NC Festival

The 2024 Got to Be NC Festival starts this Friday, May 17th, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds! Check out this guest blog by our N.C. Forest Service to learn about some of the fun events they will have going on during the festival across the grounds and in the Jim Graham Building. North Carolina’s Got To Be NC (GTBNC) Festival is just days away and the annual event is sure to offer entertainment for all ages. Rides, exhibits, parades, action alley, career opportunities and of course, lots and lots of food. These are just a few of the many options…

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Elevating the culinary industry with Carolina Gold Oil

Whether you are frying, baking or sautéing, cooking oils are a commonly found ingredient in the kitchen. Although canola and olive oil are some of the more popular cooking oils, there are a variety of other oils that create unique flavor profiles and work well with all types of cooking, including sunflower oil. Got to Be NC Member, Carolina Gold Oil, based in Harrellsville, not only creates a classic sunflower oil to help elevate your cooking, but also several spice infused oils that provide specific flavor profiles. From growing up on the farm to innovating the industry as an adult,…

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Feeling the heat: Behind-the-scenes with Ember Fire Arts

As a fire performer, Amber Kornegay, owner and performer for Ember Fire Arts, often walks the line between being intriguing for people and seeming intimidating. However, at the heart of it all she is a simple girl with a passion for fire. We sat down with Amber and asked her ten questions that people are often afraid to ask her, but always curious to know the answer to. Catch one of her shows at the N.C. State Fair either at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. down in Heritage Circle and keep reading to learn all about her passion, show and…

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A hidden gem at the N.C. State Fair: The Church in Heritage Circle

The Historic Chapel in the Heritage Village at the N.C. State Fair, is a hidden gem amongst the food, rides, games and more. Each weekend of the N.C. State Fair, the North Carolina Campers on Mission host two church services on Sunday morning(s) for staff and fairgoers alike to attend. Whether you need a breath of prayer, a word of encouragement or a touch from the Holy Spirit, the Historic Chapel in Heritage Village is the place to spend Sunday morning at the fairgrounds. In 1857, the Historic Chapel in Heritage Village was known as the home of Ephesus Church…

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Blending Heritage and Culture at Broadslab Distillery

Nestled in the heart of Benson, sits a distillery steeped in agricultural heritage and North Carolina history. Growing up on a farm, Jeremy Norris, owner and master distiller at Broadslab, learned a lot about farming and distilling at the hands of his grandfather. “Back before this place became a distillery, my grandparents grew a variety of produce on the farm,” he said. “I learned a lot at the hands of my grandfather that has helped me throughout my farming career, including how to grow and harvest crops and how to make moonshine.” As many North Carolinians know, our state has…

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Finding all things local inside the Got to Be NC Pavilion at the N.C. State Fair

The Got to Be NC Pavilion is taking on its third year inside Dorton Arena at the 2023 N.C. State Fair with lots of new and exciting vendors, merchandise, entertainment and more! Check out all the exciting details below and be sure to stop by this year to find a variety of local products that you enjoy. The Pavilion will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the exception of opening day, Thursday, Oct. 12th, when it will open at 12 p.m. New Vendors & Products The Pavilion will host six new vendors along with many…

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Wild Horse event galloping toward Raleigh

A big event for equine lovers is coming to Raleigh for the very first time this August! The Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event, hosted by the U.S Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program, is coming to the Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex at the N.C. State Fairgrounds on August 17-19. With 75-100 animals available, according to event manager Demetris Sanders, it’s an event that horse and donkey lovers across the state don’t want to miss! The Bureau of Land Management protects wild horses and burros across 26.9 million acres of…

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