Second annual Got to Be NC Festival promises good food, good tunes

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After its successful debut last year, the Got to Be NC Ag Jam organizers announced this morning the event will again bring its fusion of local farmers and food companies with national country music acts to Raleigh.

Country artist Gretchen Wilson will headline the second annual celebration of North Carolina agriculture Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Joining Wilson onstage are Josh Thompson, Sarah Buxton and Jason Jones, along with local acts Joey Panzarella Band, John Woodall, Brian Davis and Johnny Orr. Tickets for the food and music festival, presented by Food Lion, will be $10 for lawn seating, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for Gold Circle seating. Find all of the ticket information here.

The all-day, family-friendly event, sponsored entirely by N.C. companies and organizations, will feature samples of delicious local North Carolina fruits, vegetables, beverages, sauces, meats and other products from local growers and producers. Still not sure exactly what to expect? Here’s a great wrap-up video of last year’s event that shows the wide range of food vendors and entertainment the Got to Be NC Ag Jam offers:

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Gates open at noon, and the music lasts from 1 to 11 p.m. Nine acts will perform throughout the day:

  • Benson’s Joey Panzarella Band, 1:05 to 1:35 p.m.
  • TBA
  • Garner’s John Woodall, 2:55 to 3:25 p.m.
  • Raleigh’s Brian Davis, 3:50 to 4:20 p.m.
  • Johnny Orr and the South Station Band featuring Grace Isley, 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Jason Jones, 5:55 to 6:40 p.m.
  • Sarah Buxton, 7:05 to 7:55 p.m.
  • Josh Thompson, 8:15 to 9 p.m.
  • Gretchen Wilson, 9:30 to 11 p.m.

The Got to Be NC Ag Jam is sponsored by Food Lion, North Carolina’s Incredible Egg Farmers, Carolina Crisp Peanut Bars and Got to Be NC Agriculture. Additional sponsors include Doug Brown Design, Q-Shack Restaurants and Springhill Outfitters. Check back here next week for an interview with the Got to Be NC Ag Jam’s organizer Jeff Thomas to get some behind the scenes information on what goes into putting this event together. In the meantime, check out the Ag Jam blog and Facebook page.

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