Sights, Sounds and Smells: Ag Jam

If you’re a country music/food junkie like me, there was no better place to be last Saturday than the Diet Pepsi Got to Be NC Ag Jam. We got to celebrate N.C. agriculture and growers to the tunes of Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, Jamey Johnson, Heartland, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Tracy Byrd and (whew!) Blake Shelton. Check out the sights, sounds and smells from the top-notch event and keep your ear to the ground for info on next year’s Got to Be NC Ag Jam.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler kicking things off with media partners from Thunder Country, WQDR and Wolf Country. Can you name the radio personalities behind him?



Listen to country artist Jamey Johnson cover an old Waylon Jennings song “The Door is Always Open” off his awesome new CD, That Lonesome Song. (Disclaimer: I am a HUGE fan and admittedly/embarrassingly considered throwing myself in front of his golf cart when he passed by our press booth to the WQDR Party Deck for an interview. Sigh.)

Just like the Fair…but with all North Carolina products!

Representatives from the green industry and brought along pumpkins for carving. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already picked out what I’ll be carving on my pumpkin this year.

Jake Owen definitely had the ladies’ attention.

Bet you’ve never had an omelette (made with tasty N.C. eggs, of course) at a concert before, have you?
Headliner Blake Shelton came in tow with a great set and Walnut Creek went crazy as he rose up through the floor of the stage. He even threw in a Conway Twitty cover too.

If you made it out to the Creek, let us know what your favorite part of the day was!

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

One Comment

  1. Great pictures, CottonCandy!

    And no worries – I would’ve been glad to chase down the golf cart with ya 🙂

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