The North Carolina Poultry Festival is an all-inclusive, poultry festival that celebrates the deep, ‘feathered’ roots of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Formerly known as “Beak Week”, this festival is a community event in Historic Downtown Goldsboro that takes place annually on the second Saturday in September. The festival specializes in recognizing our Goldsboro heritage and community by showcasing local artisans, vendors, and of course, all the chicken and turkey you can eat! The mission of the NC Poultry Festival is to create a community driven festival celebrating diversity through our heritage, arts, crafts, culture, and of course, poultry. It is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in celebrating Goldsboro and showcasing our poultry heritage. The festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as this helps keep our growing festival free to everyone, as well as promotes the unique qualities of Downtown Goldsboro.

A committee is in charge of the event. It is led by the City of Goldsboro. Organizations that are also in charge are the Arts Council, Travel & Tourism, Boys & Girls Club, Downtown Goldsboro Development, and Goldsboro Parks and Recreation.

Our attendance was estimated to be around 15,000 in 2017.

This year we have 3 great bands performing before our festival headliner, country music artist Jerrod Niemann! We will kick things off with Diggerfoot at 11 am, followed by Hip Pocket, and finally Mikele Buck Band! Jerrod Niemann will take the stage at 5 pm! For more information, check out the Entertainment tab!

There will be food vendors, art booths, and information booths at the event. Check out our Vendor Page to see some of the booths you can expect at the festival!

Yes! There will be booths and rides for kids. Some of the rides are bounce houses, slide, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, and more!

Yes! There will be other events leading up to the festival. Some of the events will be wing eating contests, charity softball game, fun runs/walks and more! Check out our Events Tab for more details!

We post all of our information on our website, as well as our Facebook Page!

Check us out at @BeakWeek

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What is KCBS? KCBS is the Kansas City Barbecue Society. They have sanctioned cook offs all over the country. The circuit is based on points. At the end of the season points are tallied for overall winners.

What can we expect from the KCBS – Beak Week BBQ Challenge? There will be 45 professional cook teams competing for $20,000. Cook teams will come from all over the east coast. They will turn in 4 categories of meat to be judged. They are chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.

Can we try the cook team’s food? Unfortunately, the food will not be available to the public.