Get ready to rock southern style at the 2012 Ham & Yam Festival!

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation presents legendary Southern Rock band, Molly Hatchet live in concert Friday, May 4 at the Stevens Sausage Pavilion at the Neuse River Amphitheatre during the 2012 Ham & Yam Festival. The Festival Committee is working with Nashville agents to book a country act for the Saturday, May 5 show.  Both free concerts will begin at 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday Entertainment Line-Up

 


Each year, we receive hundreds of inquiries about performing at the Ham & Yam Festival and other events Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation hosts.  We highly suggest contacting Mr. Jim Earp, with Earp Entertainment, as he assists our organization in booking bands. 

Furthermore, Jim is a great resource and works with and represents an extensive network of other festivals and fairs across North Carolina.

Earp Entertainment
38 White Oak Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-989-8520
www.earpentertainmentservices.com



The Ham & Yam Festival began in 1985 as a challenge from Johnston County ham producers to the ham producers of Smithfield, Virginia.  As Johnston County is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, it is fitting for the festival to honor the agricultural heritage of the area.

The festival now features a barbecue cook-off attracting great cooks from throughout the area to compete for cash prizes.

Attendees can find many varieties of hams and yams at the festival – barbecue from the cook-off, country ham biscuits, hot dogs, sweet potato fries and desserts.  The festival hosts the “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest, a favorite for school-aged children given the opportunity to turn sweet potatoes into works of art.  Visitors wander through the festival area filled with hundreds of booths occupied by face painters, local non-profit organizations, and vendors selling items including garden flags, handbags, kitchen tools, handmade jewelry and many other arts and crafts.  The family event keeps crowds entertained with performances on three stages, children’s games, carnival rides, pig races, and a petting zoo.

Official Hotel of the Ham & Yam Festival

 

SleepInnPictureSleep Inn & Suites
270 N. Equity Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-209-2360
Get a 15% discount when you book here!

 

Hotels

BestWesternBest Western Inn
145 S. Equity Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-989-4047


ComfortInnComfort Inn
170 S. Equity Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-938-4444

 

Super8PictureSuper 8
735 Industrial Park Drive

Smithfield, NC 27577
919-989-8988

 

 

Motels

BeckysBecky’s Log Cabin Motel & Restaurant
2491 US Hwy 70 Bus E.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-1534

 

JamesonInnJameson Inn
125 S. Equity Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-989-5901

 

 

VillageMotorLodgeVillage Motor Lodge
198 Mallard Road
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-7126

 

AmericasBestValueInnAmerica’s Best Value Inn
197 Mallard Road
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-7176

 

 

Campgrounds

KOASmithfield KOA
497 US Hwy 701 S.
Four Oaks, NC 27524
919-934-3181


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