Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) has canceled the Ham & Yam Festival for the second consecutive year.
The festival is traditionally held the first Saturday in May. According to Sarah Edwards, Executive Director of the DSDC, current restrictions on mass gatherings and the recommendations from the CDC, State, and the Johnston County Health Department made it difficult to safely plan an event the size of the Ham & Yam Festival.
The 2020 Festival was also canceled. The event usually draws approximately 20,000 visitors to Downtown Smithfield each year for country ham, sweet potato foods, entertainment, cook-offs, vendors and family activities.