You put a lot of work into restoring that antique tractor to good, perhaps pristine condition. Now, don't you want people to see it?
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says space is still available for antique tractor and farm equipment hobbyists to display their machines at the Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds May 17-19.
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is an antique tractor restorer, himself, and he'd love to see as many examples of farming history as possible at the exhibition.
"The display of more than 1,000 tractors and other antique farm machinery is a highlight of the festival, and we've got room for more," he says.
Tractors in working order can also participate in the daily tractor parade through the fairgrounds. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required.
Festival organizers also have a few spots available for independent vendors and concessionaires.
Tractor registration and vendor application forms are available at www.ncagfest.com.
The event has quickly become one of North Carolina's biggest agricultural celebrations of the year. Organizers expect crowds of up to 100,000 over the three days of the festival. In addition to the farm equipment display, the festival will feature the N.C. Food, Wine & Beer Expo, a bluegrass band competition, a carnival and the Pig Jig, a barbecue competition that raises money for Masonic charities.
Other events at the fairgrounds that weekend include the Raleigh Flea Market, the Chatlee Boat Show and Sale in the Scott Building, the Carolina Rollergirls Derby Expo in Dorton Arena, the Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show in the Holshouser Building and Wake County 4-H and District 4-H horse shows at the Hunt Horse Complex.
Many attractions are free although there is a charge for some. Wheel chairs, power scooters and strollers can be rented at Gate 9. For more information, including driving directions, visit the event website.