Several local hotels including Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Sleep Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Super 8 in Smithfield offer a Girlfriend Getaway package. In-room gifts include the Dupree House Salon & Spa discounts, Carolina Premium Outlet coupon book, discounts on Ava Gardner Museum tickets and much more! Bring your girlfriends and getaway to Smithfield, North Carolina!
Fall in love with Smithfield, North Carolina! Smithfield area native and Hollywood Legend, Ava Gardner loved her hometown and visited family often. The Ava Gardner Museum is located Downtown Smithfield. You will love getting to know Smithfield’s Civil War history, heritage, southern home cooked food and of course shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets. The Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on Johnston Community College’s campus showcases a variety of events, including great entertainment available through the Performing Arts Concert Series and the Country Music Showcase. We hope your heart stays in Smithfield and come again and again!
Once a year, the first week of May Smithfield celebrates its agricultural heritage. Johnston County is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States and is also home to Johnston County Hams / Smithfield Ham Shop.
Attendees can find many varieties of hams and yams at the festival – barbecue from the cook-off, country ham biscuits, hot dogs, sweet potato fries and desserts. Visitors wander through the festival area filled with hundreds of booths occupied by face painters, local non-profit organizations, and vendors selling items including garden flags, handbags, kitchen tools, handmade jewelry and many other arts and crafts. The family event keeps crowds entertained with performances on three stages, children’s games, carnival rides, pig races, and a petting zoo.