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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation offers monthly free carriage rides through Downtown Smithfield.  We hope that you'll enjoy your evening downtown shopping, dining, and enjoying our locally owned businesses!

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Downtown Smithfield rolls out the green and gold carpet to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Smithfield Shamrock Shuttle!

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Join us once a month from April until September when we close the 100 block of S. Third Street to traffic and fill the street with tables and chairs.  With a diverse lineup of musical acts, beer and wine and food available from local restaurants, and some special additions, it makes for a fun night out in Smithfield!

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The Ham & Yam Festival began in 1985 as a challenge from Johnston County ham producers to the ham producers of Smithfield, Virginia. When the North Carolina hams kept winning, the Virginia producers stopped coming, but the festival has continued as a celebration of the area's agricultural history.

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Held each June, the 301 Endless Yard Sale has become a spectacular event for dealers and shoppers, attracting visitors from across the country and even Canada. Shoppers will find the usual yard sale items like clothes, kitchen gadgets, vintage records, and toys to the truly unique items like old farm equipment and maybe even a boat!

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Held the Sunday before 4th of July, Smithfield's Independence Celebration always features a great fireworks show and brings the community together!

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Two-person teams in boats built entirely from cardboard, duct tape, and glue race down the Neuse River during the River Rat Regatta!  Spectators watch on from the banks of the river, cheering at the teams paddling their way the 1/4 mile down the river from the Boat Ramp to the Neuse River Amphitheatre at Town Commons.

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Held in Downtown Smithfield's historic Riverside Cemetery, the Johnston County Heritage Center's Ghost Walk tells the stories of some of Johnston County's most famous (and infamous) former residents.

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Each fall, the Junior Women's League of Smithfield's Touch-A-Truck brings emergency vehicles, tractors, construction equipment, and more cool trucks to Downtown Smithfield as they raise funds to meet community needs.  

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Hosted by Harbor each November, the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk is a ticketed event that is a fun night out and a fundraiser to support the orgnization's important work in our community.

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Hosted by the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation and the Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department, the Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting, always held on the first Thursday in December, is when our Town lights up for the holidays!

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Downtown Smithfield is especially magical in December, when the storefronts are beautifully decorated for Christmas and the Town decks the halls for the season!  The DSDC hosts Christmas Carriage Rides to give people a chance to enjoy the twinkling lights around our festive downtown! 

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Santa Claus returns to visit with children in his Downtown Smithfield Workshop each December!

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The Town of Smithfield's Christmas is always held on the second Thursday in December, when people line Market Street to see the festive entries!

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