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Ham & Yam Festival

Ham & Yam Festival Celebrating our agricultural heritage with all things (country) ham and yams! The Ham & Yam festival began in 1985 as a challenge from Johnston County ham producers to the ham producers of Smithfield, Virginia.

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, ribs, 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 opportu

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, ribs, 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 opportu

Operating as usual

The rain may have put a damper on the last couple of hours, but we are so thankful for an otherwise beautiful, blue sky ...
05/07/2022

The rain may have put a damper on the last couple of hours, but we are so thankful for an otherwise beautiful, blue sky day for the 36th-ish* Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival! Thank you to all of the attendees, vendors, sponsors, town and county staff, and volunteers who made the festival possible!

Although this year’s Ham & Yam Festival is over, we hope to see you in Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC very soon! If you haven’t already, go over and like that page to learn more about what’s going on downtown!

Our 36th-ish* Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival shirts are flying out of here!  Get yours before they’re gone at the ...
05/07/2022

Our 36th-ish* Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival shirts are flying out of here! Get yours before they’re gone at the tent on Front Street in front of the Hastings House!

Come by and visit with JoCo Grows Agriculture, we are across from SoDoSoPa - it’s Strawberry Harvest Season and we have ...
05/07/2022

Come by and visit with JoCo Grows Agriculture, we are across from SoDoSoPa - it’s Strawberry Harvest Season and we have a wonderful picnic basket we are giving away! #jocogrows 🍓

We are all set up and ready for visitors here at the Ham & Yam Festival in Downtown Smithfield! Stop by to find out more about JoCo farms and events while entering to win our giveaway basket - it's filled with strawberry farm goodness!

The Got To Be NC Stage sponsored by N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking good! We’ll see y’al...
05/06/2022

The Got To Be NC Stage sponsored by N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking good! We’ll see y’all tomorrow!

Is anybody else’s mouth watering for one of those Kiwanis Club of Smithfield ham biscuits? We’re counting down the days!...
04/29/2022

Is anybody else’s mouth watering for one of those Kiwanis Club of Smithfield ham biscuits? We’re counting down the days!!!

Thanks to InterState Outdoor, Inc., one of our awesome Gold Tater sponsors, for helping us spread the word about the 36t...
04/22/2022

Thanks to InterState Outdoor, Inc., one of our awesome Gold Tater sponsors, for helping us spread the word about the 36th-ish* annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival! Keep your eye out for our ads on the digital billboards on 301 in Smithfield and on future I-42 in Wilson’s Mills!

Get excited, Smithfield!  We’re just over three weeks away from the 36th-ish* Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival presented by...
04/15/2022

Get excited, Smithfield! We’re just over three weeks away from the 36th-ish* Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage Co. and Agri Supply!

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is pleased to announce that the 36th-ish* annual Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage and Agri Supply will be held on Saturday, May 7. After three long years, this beloved community event that features tasty ham and yam foods, entertainment on three stages, a variety of vendors, kids’ activities, and fun for the entire family will make its return.

“We are excited to bring the Ham & Yam Festival back this year! It’s a beloved Smithfield tradition, and we have heard how much people have missed it. ” stated Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and Executive Director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. “Festivalgoers’ first Ham & Yam memories are often of things like having fun in the children’s area, enjoying a country ham biscuit, getting their faces painted, entering their artistic sweet potato creations in the What’s That Yam Thing? contest, or performing as part of a school group on one of the stages.”

In addition to the Ham & Yam traditions, the committee has added some new components to the festival. New this year is the “Best of Ham & Yam” contest, which will recognize one food vendor or Downtown Smithfield restaurant for having the best ham and yam food after a popular vote and a judges’ vote. Information about the entrants and their offerings will be available soon on the festival website.

The festival will be headlined by performances from Paige King Johnson at 2:30pm and The Original Rhondels at 4:30pm on the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services’s Got To Be NC Stage at the Agri Supply – Stevens Sausage Pavilion on Front Street.

Country music singer-songwriter Paige King Johnson is a newcomer to the country charts, where she had a Top 30 single with “Water Down the Whiskey.” The 23-year-old is a three-time Carolina Music Awards winner, and has opened for James Otto, Neal McCoy, and Scotty McCreery, and is the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Musical Ambassador for their “Got to Be NC” campaign.

The Original Rhondels are a beach music tradition that has been entertaining since 1969. With three Top 10 hits in “May I,” “I’ve Been Hurt,” and “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am,” the band delights audiences that sing and dance along to some of the best party and dance songs from the past fifty years.

We can’t wait to see you in Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC!

The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. To learn more about the Ham & Yam Festival, including sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please visit www.hamandyam.com, or call Sarah Edwards at 919-934-0887.

Hi, folks!  The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may have put a damper on the Ham & Yam Festival for the last couple of years, ...
01/11/2022

Hi, folks! The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may have put a damper on the Ham & Yam Festival for the last couple of years, but we're planning for the future and want your input! Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback about the Ham & Yam Festival at https://forms.gle/ZXLb9Eu4FwCFK87Z9. We want to hear from everyone, whether you've attended the festival before or not.

Additional surveys will be going out to other stakeholder groups; if you are a downtown business owner, sponsor, or past vendor, be on the lookout for an email arriving to your inbox in the very near future!

Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

Need your sweet potato fix? Head over to Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC’s newest business, The Gilded Pear Brew House,...
08/21/2020

Need your sweet potato fix? Head over to Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC’s newest business, The Gilded Pear Brew House, before 2:00 for today’s special, a Sweet Potato English Muffin with Marshmallow Cream & Cinnamon Brown Sugar! Your taste buds will thank you!

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) Board of Directors has announced the postponement of the 2020 Smi...
03/19/2020

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) Board of Directors has announced the postponement of the 2020 Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Ham & Yam Festival has been a Smithfield staple for the past thirty-five years,” stated DSDC Executive Director Sarah Edwards. “Our first priority with the festival is always safety, and in an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all attendees and our community, we have decided that it is appropriate to postpone the festival at this time.”

Based on the mandates issued in Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117 prohibiting mass gatherings until at least April 13 and the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to cancel mass gatherings through May 10, the Board’s consensus was that there was simply too much uncertainty to feasibly move forward.

Originally planned for May 2, the annual festival draws approximately 20,000 visitors to Downtown Smithfield each year for country ham and sweet potato foods, entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, vendors, and fun for the entire family. With such a large event, there are many things that must be considered in determining a reschedule date.

“Rest assured, we will share information as it becomes available,” stated Edwards. “In the meantime, we hope that everyone will join us in Downtown Smithfield at our events scheduled later in the spring and into the summer, and that the community continues supporting our small businesses in an effort to keep #SmithfieldStrong.”

The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. All questions should be directed to DSDC Executive Director Sarah Edwards at 919-934-0887.

05/05/2019

The Original Drifters just took the stage at the 2019 Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival!

Did you know Ham & Yam was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine and Our State Magazine?  The support of Visit Johnston Coun...
05/04/2019

Did you know Ham & Yam was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine and Our State Magazine? The support of Visit Johnston County, NC and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau team is critical to the success of the festival as we seek to attract people from outside Johnston County! Among the attendees today were folks from South Carolina, Charlotte, and Virginia Beach! Thank you to the Visitors Bureau everything that you do for the Ham & Yam Festival!

If you’ve traveled on 301 in the past couple of months, you’ve seen our ad on the InterState Outdoor, Inc. billboard!  T...
05/04/2019

If you’ve traveled on 301 in the past couple of months, you’ve seen our ad on the InterState Outdoor, Inc. billboard! Thank you to InterState for your long-time support of the festival and for helping us get the word out!

Agri Supply was one of our awesome Boss Hog sponsors for this year’s festival!  We appreciate their support so much!
05/04/2019

Agri Supply was one of our awesome Boss Hog sponsors for this year’s festival! We appreciate their support so much!

05/04/2019

The Second Street Stage is running about 30 minutes behind. The WEJ just went on!

What a crowd!  Great day so far!
05/04/2019

What a crowd! Great day so far!

In addition to being a Ham & Yam Festival Big Yam sponsor, Kornegay Family Farms and Produce provided 2 pallets of sweet...
05/04/2019

In addition to being a Ham & Yam Festival Big Yam sponsor, Kornegay Family Farms and Produce provided 2 pallets of sweet potatoes for attendees to take home. Get yours at the corner of Second and Johnston streets!

05/04/2019

It’s pig racing time! Come cheer them on when they race again at 2:00 and 4:00.

05/04/2019

Live from the What’s That Yam Thing? Contest awards! There are so many great entries

05/04/2019

It’s breakfast time at Ham & Yam! Come and get your ham biscuits with Stevens Sausage Co. Ham!

Good morning!  The streets are beginning to fill up with vendors and the smell of barbecue is in the air!  It’s going to...
05/04/2019

Good morning! The streets are beginning to fill up with vendors and the smell of barbecue is in the air! It’s going to be a great day for the 35th Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival!

Eek!  Our phones are down at the moment. The issue has been reported and they’re working to get it fixed. In the meantim...
05/02/2019

Eek! Our phones are down at the moment. The issue has been reported and they’re working to get it fixed. In the meantime, if you need to reach us, please message us here on Facebook.

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200 S Front St
Smithfield, NC
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Congratulations to Our Grand Prize Winner Mary Barbour! She and many others entered for a chance to win this beautiful Rocking Chair from Cracker Barrel! •• She was very happy to take it home! The Festival was a great time and we appreciate each and every one of you who came by and saw us! Ham & Yam Festival #winner #giveawaywinner #hamandyam #thebethhinesteam #bethhinesrealestate #REMAX #REMAXSouthlandII #homeforsale #realestate #sellinghomes #realtorlife #localrealtor #buy #sell #invest #buyersagent #sellersagent #princetonnc #goldsboronc #waynecounty #johnstoncounty #harnettcounty #wakecounty #wakecountync #trianglerealestate #trianglerealtor
That was fast! Congrats again to Mrs Powell who won the TV O'Meara Realty Group’s booth and the Ham & Yam Festival enjoy your new TV ma’am!
A big thank you and kudos from The RivaBreez Band! The stage and sound accommodations you provided were exceptional. Hope to be invited back next year!
AMEND would like to Thank the town of Smithfield for giving us the opportunity to perform for all the wonderful people of Johnston Co today. We had a great time and already looking forward to next years event!
Come see us at the Ham & Yam Festival! Grab a FREE popcorn and lemonade, or a cook book for mom for Mother’s Day (just $20)! Thank you to all our wonderful parishioners for supporting our community event!!! #stpaulssmithfield
Come out and see us Ham & Yam Festival today! Get some honey and talk about bees!
Come check out our awesome booth! And enter to won’t a TV! Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC Ham & Ham & Yam Festival
COME BY OUR TENT Tomorrow!! We are Giving away FREE Tote bags so make sure you stop by our tent early so you can have something to put all your goodies in! We will he having a WHEEL OF WINNINGS! Where you spin to win either a gift card from one of our many generous donors ( J and N Developers, LLC Suzy Otellio Rainier - Movement Mortgage of Goldsboro NMLS# 984223 American Security Mortgage), Yummi Candy or a Mystery Gift! Saving the Best for Last Make sure you ask how you can enter to win our GRAND PRIZE which is a Rocking Chair from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store!! •• A wonderful addition to your porch or deck! If you need more information don’t hesitate to shoot us a message, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow in Downtown Smithfield! Ham & Yam Festival Marsha House, Realtor / Broker, The Beth Hines Team, ReMax Southland II Deva Holt Bailey Perdue Crystal Braswell, Real Estate Broker, RE/Max Southland Realty II Jodi Lee, Realtor / Broker, The Beth Hines Team, Re/Max Southland II Kerlyn Fiallos, The Beth Hines Team at Re/Max Southland II Michaellynn Gautier #events #bhtevents #smithfieldnc #hamandyam #hamandyamfestival #giveaway #winaprize #jandndevelopersllc #movementmortgage #americansecuritymortgage #thebethhinesteam #bethhinesrealestate #REMAX #REMAXSouthlandII #realestate #sellinghomes #realtorlife #localrealtor #buy #sell #invest #buyersagent #sellersagent #princetonnc #goldsboronc #waynecounty #johnstoncounty
JOIN US Saturday May 7th!! Annual Ham & Yam Festival in Downtown Smithfield A wealth of activities for the entire family awaits you at this lovely celebration of the agricultural history of Johnston County •• The area was once a rural farmland where hog farmers and sweet potato growers make a living, because of this the festival is remains food focused YUM! •• You’ll be able to find a variety of ham & yam creations - bbq from the cook off, country ham biscuits, hot dogs, sweet potato fries and yam desserts •• In addition there will be inflatables and LIVE entertainment on the 3 different stages! It’s going to be a grand ole time. •• Make sure if you’re out there you stop on by the Beth Hines Team tent and have your chance to win a PRIZE! We look forward to seeing you! #hamandyam #hamandyamfestival #foodfestival #smithfieldnc #downtownsmithfield #liveentertainment #thebethhinesteam #bethhinesrealestate #REMAX #REMAXSouthlandII #realestate #sellinghomes #realtorlife #localrealtor #buy #sell #invest #buyersagent #sellersagent #goldsboronc #waynecounty #johnstoncounty
The Ham & Yam Festival is this Saturday from 9a-6pm. Look for this fun children's contest while you're enjoying live music and good food!
Don't forget - next Saturday, May 7th, is the annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival! #VisitJoCo #JoCoEvents
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