May Events in North Carolina


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Ham & Yam Festival

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Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival

Smithfield, May 2021 (event pending)

What originally began as a friendly competition between the ham producers of Smithville, N.C., and those across the state line in Smithfield, Va., has evolved into a North Carolina tradition. Johnston County isn’t just known for its pork, but it ranks top in the nation for sweet potatoes (which may be called “yams,” though technically the two are very different).

The annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival features a variety of fair food and local entertainment, as well as festival mainstays, like a sweet potato pie-eating contest, the 4-H barbecue cook-off and “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest, in which kids turn sweet potatoes into creative works of art.

This year’s activities kick off the morning of May 5 in downtown Smithfield.

To learn more, visit; or, call (919) 934-0887.

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