Smithfield’s 33nd Annual Ham & Yam Festival This Weekend

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation will host the 33rd annual Ham & Yam Festival this Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Smithfield.

A full schedule of events will attract thousands of people to Downtown Smithfield, where the festival occupies several blocks.  Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, food vendors offer a variety of menu items featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and entertainment comes in the form of pig races, inflatables, and bands on three stages, including performances by Nantucket at 2:30 p.m. and The Ultimate Eagles Tribute – On The Border at 7:00 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to a great festival with a good variety of musical acts, vendors who are adding new country ham and sweet potato foods, and some crowd favorites like the pig races, What’s That Yam Thing? contest, and the barbecue cook-off,” says Sarah Edwards, Director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.

“The festival will kick off at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at the Little Brown Jug with the Ham & Yam Jam, a fundraiser for the Johnston Community College Foundation.  The Ham & Yam Festival continues to evolve, and we find each year that more local organizations are using the festival as a platform to raise awareness and funds to support their work.”

The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  For a complete schedule of events and to learn more about the Ham & Yam Festival, please visit, or call 919-934-0887.