The Ava Gardner Festival this October 7-9, will kick off Ava Gardner’s 100th birthday celebration. New exhibits, video tributes, and the opening night concert will celebrate the many facets of Ava Gardner’s extraordinary life – from her rural upbringing in North Carolina to her five-decade career as a world-famous star, from her great loves to her exciting experiences living abroad. Join us in Downtown Smithfield for this 3-day festival and return for more exciting programs throughout 2023.

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The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse is back on Sunday, August 13!  This boat race is like none you've seen before as 2-person teams in boats built entirely from cardboard, duct tape, and glue will race down the Neuse River!  The race will start at 5:00 p.m., with a DJ from 4-7pm and a band from 7-9pm.

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Join us in Downtown Smithfield on Saturday, May 7 for the 36th-ish* annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival and a day full of fun for the entire family! 

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The Third StrEATery, Downtown Smithfield's Outside Dining Room and Live Entertainment Venue, is back in 2022!  Save the dates: April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 23, and stay tuned for more information!

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Downtown Smithfield is rolling out the green and gold carpet on Friday, March 18 for the Smithfield Shamrock Shuttle!

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The Town of Smithfield Appearance Commission had developed a new community and public arts plan called the Smithfield Art Walk. 

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The DSDC is seeking qualified development teams for the development of a Downtown Smithfield Master Plan.  

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) is pleased to announce a seccond grant to support downtown businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 
Created to address the ongoing needs of small, for-profit businesses and discourage vacancies and community deterioration, the Smithfield Stronger Grant is available to businesses within the Downtown Smithfield Municipal Service District to assist with financial needs as a result of lost revenue, support business growth, and improve the overall appearance of Downtown Smithfield. 
 
 

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) is pleased to announce a grant to support downtown businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Created to address the immediate needs of small, for-profit businesses and discourage vacancies and community deterioration, the Smithfield Strong Business Assistance Disaster Relief Grant is available to businesses within the Downtown Smithfield Municipal Service District.  
 

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is seeking qualified development teams for the rehabilitation of the Gabriel Johnston Hotel building.  

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Smithfield has once again earned accreditation from the National Main Street Center, along with 47 other North Carolina communities, for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization.

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Here is an idea!  Support local, Downtown Smithfield businesses this holiday season!

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At the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Clayton on March 14, 2018, NAIRN Real Estatement Investment was recognized for completing the best facade rehabilitation project for $15,000 or less for their improvements to 224-228 E. Market Street. 

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In an ongoing effort to improve the appearance of Downtown Smithfield, its buildings and businesses, the DSDC has developed two new grants to encourage further downtown revitalization.  The lighting grant will pay for the installation of timers to control storefront lights, while the awning grant will reimburse up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of a new awning.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Oak City Collection owners Jud Patterson and Suzanne Taylor as Smithfield’s 2019 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern on March 12, 2020.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize the Town of Smithfield Public Works Department as Smithfield’s 2018 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury on March 14, 2019.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Colleen and Nate Roby of Simple Twist as Smithfield’s 2017 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Clayton on March 15, 2018. 

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Daniel, Vickie, and Anna Evans of Evans Jewelers as Smithfield’s 2016 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Shelby on March 16, 2017. 

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The DSDC was pleased to recognize Todd Johnson as Smithfield’s 2015 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Goldsboro on March 18, 2016. 

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The DSDC was honored to recognize Chris Johnson as Smithfield’s 2014 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Morganton on March 20, 2015. 

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Barry Long as Smithfield’s 2013 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern on April 1, 2014. 

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Millard and Patricia (Patti) Stallings were honored as 2012 "Main Street Champions" at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury.

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Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation has a new Executive Director.

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