"I have a nephew that has antique lawnmowers and he's showing them. So anyway I'm glad to be here," James Pritchard said.
Organizers said the festival draws about 70,000 people. On Friday afternoon, preschool students from the Highland Children Center in Raleigh went on a field trip to the festival.
"We went to the Expo and then got a bunch of samples of food - drinks, cookies, peanuts, and cotton candy. Now we're going to do some rides," said one instructor.
Depending on what you're into, there's plenty to see and do both indoors and out.
From farm animals inside the Agri-plaza to an educational farm to table experience at the Expo building.
"Small businesses are set up sampling their products that they make here in North Carolina," said organizer James Romer.
The free festival goes from today through Sunday.
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