Something that makes the whole family happy

Many fans of the Got to Be NC Festival like to refer to it as a mini State Fair, but if you think of it that way you might miss some of the activities and events that make the festival a unique annual springtime tradition. Mary Fletcher of Angier and her husband Brad attend the festival annually with her three girls, Lilly, SJ, and Edie. The family enjoys the variety of activities offered by the festival. “The Got to Be NC Festival is one of our favorite festivals to attend each year as a family,’ said Fletcher. “As a family…

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Mead maker showcasing honey wines from sweet to dry at Got to Be NC Festival

If there’s one thing the co-owners of Retro Meadery would like you to know, it’s that mead comes in a variety of flavors, and they’re not all sweet. You’ll have a chance to taste for yourself inside the Food Lion “Local Goodness Marketplace” at the 2024 Got to Be NC Festival. This is the first time Retro Meadery, based in Burgaw (Pender County), will be at the festival. Co-owners Michael Fields and Matthew Clemmons started the business in 2020. During the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, they took some time to start brewing their own beer and mead, mostly as…

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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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Fun and Fruity: Drink A Bull makes Got to Be NC Festival debut with a wine product meant to put the fun back into winemaking

With bold graphics and fruity flavors, Drink A Bull is not your typical wine product. In fact, this Durham-based winery produces wine products that are not even grape-based. Andrew and Allison Zimmerman opened Drink A Bull in 2021. The winery offers four base flavors of wine – apple, peach, raspberry and blackberry. Their Durham facility may be a new venture, but the wines offered by the Zimmermans have roots that go a lot deeper. The wine traces it’s heritage back to the Waldensian immigrants that settled in Valdese in the 1890s. Just like the Waldensians saw wine making as a…

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A Deep Fried goodbye from Wolf Tracks

I cannot believe that it’s time to say goodbye to the Deep Fried Blog. A person’s first internship isn’t always a great experience, but I was lucky enough to work for the State Fair and the Department of Agriculture and have the best five months ever. When I first started as the Public Relations intern at the end of May, I truly did not know what to expect. Would I love it? Would I hate it? Spoiler alert – I loved it so much that I stuck around for the Fair. This experience has taught me so much. I have…

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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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Revived fairgrounds park offers fun, food and a quiet spot to sit.

Cotton Park on the fairgrounds is a special place for many visitors who consider it a destination and a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the N.C. State Fair. The miniature park, with its brick walkways and landscaped setting, is between Dorton Arena and the Education Building on the southeast side of the fairgrounds. It’s also home to Casey’s Clubhouse, bordering Kiddieland near Gate 1. “To me, it’s a little out of the way and quieter, and you can find a place to sit down,” said Cathy Water of Raleigh. Water’s husband Ken grew up in a neighborhood…

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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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From cattle showing to pet treats, Windmill Acres Farm-East keeps agriculture as a family priority

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Introducing the Farm Family of the Day for Wednesday, Oct. 18! Windmill Acres Farm-East is a fourth-generation cattle farm raising registered and purebred Hereford beef cattle in Forsyth County. Neil and Karen Fishel also produce show cattle for their three children and…

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Volunteers help enhance State Fair experiences

“What did you pick for me today,” asked Princeton High School FFA member and Field of Dreams volunteer Collin Worley to a group of kids walking up with their baskets. “Let’s see what you have.” When visitors to the Field of Dreams walk through the exhibit and pick vegetables along the path, they take those items to the market stand where they can learn more about the vegetables. On Sunday, Worley, a senior, was joined by sophomores Blake Martin and Mason Rosenbaum. who stayed busy talking to guests about cucumbers, sweet potatoes and turnips. For many kids, the turnips were…

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