Artist Winner And Music Lineup For The 38th Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival

SMITHFIELD – The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) announced the winner of the artwork contest for the 38th Annual Ham & Yam Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 10am-7pm in Historic Downtown Smithfield, NC.

“Congratulations to our Ham and Yam artist winner, Mariyah Allen. Her design will be on all the Ham and Yam t-shirts. Make sure to stop by The Hastings House (S. Front & E. Johnston Streets) during the Ham and Yam Festival to purchase one”, announced John Bilott, President, DSDC board.

Mariyah is a South Johnston High School student who submitted her artwork for this year’s Ham & Yam Festival. The contest was open to high school students throughout Johnston County, and as the winner she received $300 from the DSDC. Commemorative posters of the winning artwork will be on sale during the festival at The Oak City Collection store, which is located along S. Third Street.

This year’s festival will have over 200 vendors, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses for festival-goers to visit along the streets of Downtown Smithfield. Enjoy artisan vendors, farm goods, bakeries, food trucks, a boat show, bounce houses, and pony rides. Visitors will have plenty of ham and yam foods to enjoy as well (aka, we really mean sweetpotatoes).

“Did we mention live music? Come relax at our beautiful new Neuse River Amphitheater or check out what’s happening on the Third Street Stage. Both will be jamming out with some great bands. Make sure to stop for BBQ cooked by Smithfield’s own Fire Department, and of course don’t miss the famous Kiawana’s tent selling ham biscuits with locally cured country ham by Stevens Sausage”, continues Bilott. 

Music schedule for the festival:

Neuse River Amphitheater

10:00am – 11:15am                Bailey Morrison

11:30am – 1:00pm                  Tony Jonez

1:30pm – 3:00pm                    Mickey Mills and Steel

3:30pm – 5:00pm                    RT Johnson Band

5:30pm – 7:00pm                    Tuesday’s Gone

Third Street Stage

10:00am – 10:45am                Johnston Co Choir

11:00am – 11:30am                Spartan Thunder

11:30am – 12:00n                   SSS Jazz Band

12:30pm – 2:00pm                  Mr Smooth and the Lowlanders

2:30pm – 4:30pm                    The WEJ

5:00pm – 7:00pm                    The Allison Radcliff Band

Additional information about attending this year’s festival and general info on visiting Smithfield is available on the website:; or call John Bilott at (984) 222-9692. The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation, which is primarily funded by a Municipal Service District (MSD) and the Town of Smithfield.

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