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Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Farm

Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Farm

If you’ve been to, or heard of, Farm Fest then you know that The Farm in Semla, NC puts on one heck of a show. Last year, their first ever New Year’s Eve bash was a packed-house success. This year’s event will be no different. Dance and groove to the sounds of Jim Quick and Coastline. Enjoy small bites provided by Backyard Bistro catering. Cheers to the new year in style. And watch the ball drop on the big screen at midnight!

The Farm asks that you come dressed in your festive attire (no jeans please) and celebrate 2017 with wonderful music and great friends. Doors will open at 8:00PM and there will be a cash bar including beer, wine, and soft drinks.  You must be at least 18 years of age to join the party. Taxis will be available outside after the event for those that will need a ride home.

This year, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau has worked with area Smithfield hotels to offer an exclusive hotel rate for visitors that have tickets to The Farm event and need accommodations in the area. There is a link to purchase tickets on this page here. Participating hotels are located just miles from the venue and include Baymont, Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Holidays Inn Express, Sleep Inn, and Super 8.

Trent Lassiter, General Manager at The Farm Entertainment Venue is ready to put on the event again, “We are excited to be ringing in 2017 at The Farm!  This is our second year hosting a New Year's Eve event like this and it's sure to be a good time.”  

The Farm’s other events like Farm Fest and Beach Fest draw hundreds of people from all around the eastern part of the state.  People are looking for unique events to attend and The Farm’s packed calendar proves that Lassiter is willing and ready to offer it, “Lots of people from our area, not to mention visitors and travelers on I-95, used to have to drive over to Raleigh and other places for a NYE party such as this. But now, they can toast the new year in Johnston County with a fun night of entertainment at a great venue.”

For more information on New Years at The Farm and hotel rates, visit our dedicated webpage. To find out more about The Farm’s events and concerts throughout the year, visit their Facebook page.

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A JohnsTON of Music this Summer

A JohnsTON of Music this Summer

 

A JohnsTON of Music this SummerLife is Grand

 

It's almost time for the lazy days of summer. The southern evening heat and the dance of fireflies makes you want to park it on a lawn chair somewhere and put a cool drink in your hand. And even if you can't forsake the daily grind of the week day for a truly lazy summer experience, you can at least seek every weekend opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the music. The communities in Johnston County have lined-up summer entertainment so good and plentiful you'll have to get up and dance. Whether you're a permanent resident or a passer-through looking for something to do, check out the comprehensive list below and mark these dates on your calendar. Beach music, country, and rock-n-roll. Come on out ya'll and watch these bands crank it up!

 

 

When and Where to Find the Music

The Farm - Selma
May 30 - Rodney Atkins
Sept. 12 - 4th Annual Farm Fest - Line up TBA

Take a Back Road - Rodney Atkins

Downtown Smithfield Friday Night Concert
Entertainment TBA
May 15, June 19, Sept. 18

Clayton Town Square Concert Series
May 21 - Jack the Radio
June 18 - Southern Grace
July 16 - Coco Loco Party Band
August 20 - Idlewild South
Sept 17 - Walrus

Jessica by Idlewild South

 

Sundown in Benson

Concerts at the Crossroads - Flower's Plantation
May 10 - The Tams
Sept. 13 - Jim Quick and the Coastline Band

Sundown in Benson
May 14 - Too Much Sylvia
June 11 - The Band of Oz
July 9 - The Attractions
Aug. 3 - Jim Quick and the Coastline Band

Third Thursday Concerts - Four Oaks
June 18 - Bethesda Bluegrass Band
Sept. 17 - Jonathan Parker and the Bel-Airs and Carolina Traditional Bluegrass Band

 

 

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Farms Welcome Fall with Hayrides, Pumpkins, and Concerts

Fall is just around the corner for Johnston County farmers, and a variety of events and festivals are scheduled beginning in October for families to enjoy including pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and concerts. Travel out of the city and visit several farms to learn more about the county's agriculture heritage -- and to just have some fun!

Clayton Fear Farm - Wake Med Maze Boyette Family Farms Corn Maze

For the little ones, Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is child friendly and offers pumpkins in the patch still on the vine for picking (prices vary depending on the size).  Also suitable for children are the Seymour’s House of Dreams, Jumping Pillow, Corn Box, Spider Web, Corn Maze, Picnic Shelter, Tire / Tractor Playground, Cow Milking and a giant slide. Opening October 5, and then on Saturday and Sundays in October and Halloween Day, October 31st.

At night and for the older kids with stronger hearts is the Clayton Fear Farm, the ONLY haunted Halloween scream park in the Triangle. This fear farm features six scary haunted attractions including haunted houses that offer new horror features each year. The farm includes the following scary attractions: Fear Farm Academy, The Black Hole, Fear Forest Haunted Hayride, Slaughterhouse, The Farm House, and A Walk In The Dark! -- Try to find your way through the rooms alone and not be sidetracked by something or someone following too closely. Opening October 5, then Friday and Saturday nights in October, and most nights at the end of the month. Check their website for a full schedule.

Both the Daytime and Fear Farm are located on the Boyette Family Farm at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton.  For more information call 919-553-0016 or visit, www.boyettefamilyfarms.com.

Lauren Alaina, of American Idol fame, will perform at this year's Farm Fest. Lauren Alaina, of American Idol fame, will perform at this year's Farm Fest.

With a lineup like this, the 2nd Annual Farm Fest presented by Springhill Outfitters in Selma is where you want to be October 5th. Artists performing this year include Craig Morgan, Parmalee, Brian Davis, Tyler Farr, Josh Phillips, and Lauren Alaina. Along with great music, there will be food and drink vendors on hand. Farm Fest will take place from 11am to 6:30pm at "The Farm" at 225 Batten Rd., Selma. For more information and details about the concert call 919-351-0764 or visit www.springhilloutfitters.com.

Lazy O Farm in Smithfield has programs for school age children all year round, but the fall programs continue to be very popular for all ages.  For fun farm education try the MAZE and PUMPKIN PATCH, explore the barnyard, visit the animals, or hop on a hayride. Monday through Friday, there is a group minimum of 10 and appointments are required.

Super Saturdayz will be every Saturday in October 10am- 2pm. The farm is
open to the public for self-guided visits of barnyard animals and exhibits, hayrides and a maze. The Pumpkin Patch is also open on Saturdays, 10- 2pm with pumpkins of all sizes, visitors may pick your favorite and all are priced according to size.  New this year is Mining Madness. Dig through a bucket of dirt filled with treasures, gemstones and fossils that are millions of years old and discover what's living beneath your feet as you walk through the soil tunnel. Lazy O Farm is located at 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield, and for more information call 919-934-1132.

Smith's Nursery is the family-fun farm for getting your pumpkin, hayrides and more! Smith's Nursery is the family-fun farm for getting your pumpkin, going on a hayride and more!

On October 19, journey to Smith’s Nursery Fall Festival to enjoy the day at the nursery with pumpkin picking, crafts, hayrides, a bounce house, relay races, corn hole, music, food and much more. The festival goes from 10am-3pm.  Smith’s is located at 443 Sanders Rd., Benson (I-40, Exit 319) and for more information call 919-934-1700 or visit their website, www.smithsnurseryinc.com.

Gregory Vineyards is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival on October 19 from 2pm- 9:30. Head out to the vineyard to enjoy a DJ, Broken Road Band, vendors, Grape Stomp, Lucille Ball look-a-like contest, and much more! While you are there, enjoy tasting and sipping on a variety of muscadine wine. Gregory Vineyards is located at 275 Bowling Spring Dr., Angier. Call 919-894-7700 or visit www.gregoryvineyards.com for more details about the festival.

This year’s Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 where visitors can join in the family fun with old fashion games, corn hole, antique farm equipment show, music, inflatables, dunking booth and great food! And of course, get your pumpkins! Time of the event is 9am- 5pm and all activities will take place at the Wilson’s Mills Town Hall area, call 919-938-3885 for more details.

For these fall events and a variety of heritage exhibits, Civil War programs, performing arts and October festivals like the Selma Railroad Days and the Ava Gardner Festival, check out the Calendar of Events on the Johnston County Visitors Bureau website, www.johnstoncountync.org or call for brochures, 919-989-8687.

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.

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Meeting Planners

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?

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Group Tour Operators

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.

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Hotel Packages

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.

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