Enjoy music, food, more at Ham & Yam Fest

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The Original Drifters will headline the 35th annual Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage and Agri Supply, with a free concert scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

With roots in doo wop, soul and R&B, The Original Drifters are among the most purchased, most played and most popular groups in the history of beach music.

“We are excited to bring The Original Drifters to Smithfield for the Ham & Yam Festival,” said Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and executive director of Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. “With their talent and multi-generational appeal, we’re looking forward to a great show that will have the audience up dancing and singing along!”

In addition to the free 8 p.m. concert on May 4, there will be entertainment on the festival’s three stages throughout the day.

“We are fortunate to have a large number of very talented up and coming musicians and entertainers here in Johnston County and North Carolina, and are pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on them at the festival,” Edwards said.

A full schedule of events on Saturday, May 4, 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 fair foods and menu items featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and additional entertainment comes in the form of pig races, children’s activities and more.

To learn more about the Ham & Yam Festival, visit www.hamandyam.com, or call Sarah Edwards at 919-934-0887.