The Got to be NC Festival and PineCone present a Bluegrass Band Competition as part of the 2010 Got to be NC Festival, which runs May 21-23 at the NC State Fairgrounds.
Amateur bluegrass bands from North Carolina playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass will compete for cash and prizes on Saturday, May 22 beginning at 1 p.m. The first prize band will win $500 and will be eligible for a spotlight position in the Folk Festival during the 2010 NC State Fair.
The Boys from Carolina have been confirmed as the house band for the weekend, and they will perform before and after the competition. They are: Chuck Schutte (dobro), Wright Young (mandolin), Bob Wilkerson (banjo), Larry Nunnery (guitar) and Lester Duquay (bass).
The Got to Be NC Festival will feature North Carolina’s agricultural bounty and mix in a generous dash of music and fun for everyone. General admission is free to all ages, with $5 tickets for all grandstand events, and pay as you go rides, games and food.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample the best foods from the mountains to the coast in the Got to Be NC Agriculture trade show in the Expo Building. Of course, there will be food available to buy to take home, too: sauces, candies, nuts, meats, snacks and beverages and more.
Tour the antique farm equipment preserved and restored by collectors all over North Carolina and neighboring states. Antique tractor clubs from across the state will be on hand with knowledgeable collectors and restorers ready to answer questions. Look at over 1,000 pieces of farm equipment on display. Then see those antique tractors pull in the Grandstand shows.
There will also be a carnival with rides, a petting zoo, pig races, pony rides and many other events happening all weekend to celebrate North Carolina.
More information is available at www.ncagfest.com; additional information about the Bluegrass Band Competition is also available at www.pinecone.org.