Got To Be NC October Newsletter

NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Steve Troxler, Commissioner Got To Be NC October 2018 Newsletter

N.C. State Fair returns Oct. 11-21 in Raleigh

An expected one million fairgoers will find plenty of new things to enjoy alongside old favorites at the 2018 N.C. State Fair . The fair runs Oct. 11-21 in Raleigh. In addition to the sights and sounds of the Midway, visitors can enjoy livestock and cooking competitions and horse shows scheduled during the fair. On Monday, Oct. 15 , the final round of the N.C. State Fair Wine Competition will be held. Judges will determine and announce winners in the “Best Of” categories for vinifera (European), muscadine and fruit/mead/cider.

The Our State Public House returns for N.C. wine and beer fans with an online “ Kegs and Corks ” package that includes a FastTrack Gate Admission ticket and allows you to sample your choice of two craft beer or wine samples. Kegs and Corks tickets are available online through Oct. 11 . Got To Be NC apparel returns to the Got To Be NC tent, as well as local agribusinesses sampling products and displays from N.C. commodity associations. Find the tent in front of the Scott Building by Gate 11. Farm to School Month offers options to promote local produce

N.C. produce farmers can market their products by reaching out to their local schools in promoting events during National Farm to School Month in October.

A contest is being held to recognize early care and education sites and K-12 schools for their promotion of North Carolina fruits and vegetables during the month. This year, the top three entries in each site category will be awarded gift cards, which can be used to support nutrition education and promotion in the school (1 st place – $250, 2nd place – $150, 3 rd place – $100).

Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are expected to be over $1.1 billion following Hurricane Florence.

A list of resources for those affected and how to help is available here .

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