It's time for the Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival in Downtown Smithfield, scheduled for May 7th with a wealth of activities for the entire family. For the complete schedule of events and all things Ham & Yam, visit the official visitor website for the festival, www.hamandyam.com.
James Wesley will headline this year, the 32nd year of Ham & Yam. The concert is free and is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. With his whiskey-smooth voice, Wesley sings directly to real people about real things that profoundly affect real lives—and from his small-town upbringing to his blue-collar work ethic, he has a deep understanding of what those folks are longing to hear. One of the top rising stars in country music, Wesley found a new level of exposure as the opening act for Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour, and has released several singles.
“Jackson Hole,” the first single from Wesley’s highly anticipated Real album, debuted at 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Four other singles have followed, including “Walking Contradiction,” top 25 country chart hits “Real” and “Didn’t I,” and “Thank A Farmer,” which was inspired by Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech and appeared on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. In 2015, Wesley partnered with Calcutta to produce the single and music video “Hooked Up,” a song inspired by anglers who chase blue marlin at the legendary Big Rock off the coast of Morehead City.
In addition to the free 8:00 p.m. concert on Saturday, May 7, there will be entertainment on the festival’s three stages throughout the day. A full schedule of events on Saturday, May 7 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. See you soon in Downtown Smithfield! For more information on each of the artists and updated entertainment information click here.