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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San Giuseppe Salami Co. makes its debut at the Got to Be NC Festival

This will be the first year that Got to Be NC member San Giuseppe Salami Co. will bring its old-world recipe Italian products to the Got to Be NC Festival to sample and sell to customers. The company is looking forward to connecting with the community and increasing the awareness of its products said Audrey Zelaya, sales and marketing manager. San Giuseppe got its start in a rather unlikely way, fueled by a touch of homesickness and a desire for a local source of quality Italian meats and pastas. Owners Giacomo and Laura Santomauro decided if they couldn’t find authentic…

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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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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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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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David Ferrell and his John Deere green tractor takes Agri Supply Best of Show at the Got to Be NC Festival

Red, green, muscle, antique and more are just some of the tractors that take up a large footprint of the Got to Be NC Festival – drawing attention and admiration of festival goers that specifically come to the event to see the large display, and those that are drawn in during their visit. Each day the tractors and their owners lineup for the tractor parade – a signature event of the festival. This year, festival organizers named one tractor best of show and that honor was given to David Ferrell of Apex and his 1975 6030 John Deere tractor. Agri…

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