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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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American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here

American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here

 

I love fall. I love the changing of the seasons. The magic in nature’s unseen and unheard signal to turn down her thermostat, bringing relief to those of us in the South tired of sweat-breaking temperatures. The second that the air in eastern North Carolina drops below 65 degrees and the breeze starts stirring the leaves, I throw open my windows and turn the HVAC unit OFF. Hello chilly air, hello sweaters and blankets and warm cups of coffee.

Much sooner then I would like the orange glow of pumpkins and the scent of cinnamon apples will give way to all things red and green and the fresh, clean, biting scent of winter air will settle in. My love for fall is eclipsed only by my love for Christmas. I mean, I LOVE Christmas. If I have my iPod on shuffle in the car and a Christmas song comes on, I don’t care if it’s April, I’ll let it play. Sometimes it takes more than one month to contain all you love about the holidays.

Thankfully, that’s why there is the American Music Jubilee in Selma, NC. Their Down Home Christmas Show starts November 5th of this year and will run through December 21st, which gives you plenty of time to experience the joy of the holidays through music and laughter.

A show at the American Music Jubilee is an evening of southern hospitality, great American music, and side-splitting comedy that will delight audiences of every age. Add a couple of surprise guests, like Santa and his friends, and this show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!  A touch of Branson and a touch of Myrtle Beach, American Music Jubilee includes a ten member cast that skillfully combine comedy skits with traditional and modern Christmas music.  

The show normally begins at 1:40pm and 7:40pm, but we suggest checking the calendar and booking in advance to reserve your seat. Admission charges are $28.50 for adults with special pricing available for children, balcony seating, and groups of 20 or more. Groups should call ahead.

The reason the Jubilee starts their Christmas show in November is because so many people want to see it, and because some people like me want to experience a little Christmas before December 1st. Just remember to make the most out of your Down Home Christmas Show experience by exploring Selma before or after the show. Selma has 14 antique and specialty stores as well as outlet shopping – so you can get that Christmas shopping done a little early too.

Selma, NC is located along the I-95 Corridor at exit 97.  For more information and for tickets call 1-877-843-7839 or (919) 202-9927. You can also visit the website at www.amjubilee.com.

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American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here

American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here


It has not escaped my notice that I recently posted a blog in which I lamented the retail-driven erasure of November and ThanDown Home Christmas ksgiving (a wondrous time of year). I do believe I firmly stated the Johnston County, and Southern, tradition of letting seasons and holidays pass as they will. No rushing. No jingle bells until all the colorful leaves have left their trees. And I still stand by that 100%.

But there are some of us, yes me included, who LOVE Christmas. And if you love Christmas sometimes it takes a little more than 31 days to contain your Christmas cheer. So, starting in November I find little ways to celebrate my BIG love for all things Christmas. One way to do that is to get tickets to the American Music Jubilee's Down Home Christmas Show.

It's an evening of southern hospitality, great American music, and side-splitting comedy that will delight audiences of every age. Add a couple of surprise guests, like Santa and his friends, and this show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!  A touch of Branson and a touch of Myrtle Beach, American Music Jubilee includes a ten member cast that skillfully combine comedy skits with traditional and modern Christmas music.  
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The 2015 Christmas season shows started November 6th and will run through December 21st. The shows begin at 1:40pm and 7:40pm each day. Admission charges are $28.50 for adults with special pricing available for children, balcony seating, and groups of 15 or more. Groups should call ahead.

The reason the Jubilee starts their Christmas show in November is because so many people want to see it, and because some people like me want to experience a little Christmas before December 1st. Just remember to make the most out of your Down Home Christmas Show experience by exploring Selma before or after the show. Selma has over 20 antique and specialty stores as well as outlet shopping.  A variety of quaint hometown dining establishments are available for a pre-show lunch or dinner.  

For more information and for tickets call 1-877-843-7839 or (919) 202-9927. You can also visit the website at www.amjubilee.com for a full performance schedule.

Happy Holidays (a little early) Ya'll!

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Trent Lassiter- JoCo's Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Trent Lassiter, who is widely known in Johnston County as the general manager of Springhill Outfitters, has built the county’s largest banquet hall and entertainment complex on his family's farmland near Selma. Trent is a 2009 graduate of Mt. Olive University, which recently presented him with the Young Alumnus Achievement Award for his exceptional business achievements. The Farm is a one-of-a-kind venue located on approximately 10 acres on Batten Road just off I-95 Exit 101 beside Springhill Outfitters.

Trent had the idea for this building after hosting the Farm Fest concert in 2012, as he needed a facility that would provide space for bands, staging, and for indoor events as well.  He also knew of other needs for a large meeting space in the county. As a member of Duck's Unlimited, their annual dinner needs space for 400+ people so he made sure the facility could accommodate a crowd that large.  Trent also saw a need for a facility for weddings in the county, and the banquet space was built with a dance area in the middle of the floor with that in mind.  Overall, the building is 10,000 square-feet and can be utilized for multiple types of events like weddings, banquets, concerts (indoor and outdoor), birthday parties, and business seminars and retreats.  One of the more unique features is the patio space with a fire pit and outdoor lights.

The outside portion of The Farm can handle up to 5,000 people for concerts and has ample space for exhibitions/shows which will also bring people to the county. Construction of The Farm was completed in October 2013 and this year's concert series will begin on May 31st with one of Trent's friends, Scotty McCreery, American Idol Winner taking the stage with Eric Paslay, Blake Kearney Band and special guests Sadie and John Luke Robertson from Duck Dynasty on A&E.

“There is nothing like this anywhere in the county,” he said. “I think people are really going to like it.”

Trent has had the idea for The Farm for several years, but seriously decided to make it happen for two reasons; he said he has always had a love of the concert-type entertainment industry, and really believes that The Farm is something that will be good for the county. He hopes visitors will stay in local hotels, eat out, shop and come back to visit another time.

We agree Trent, and we thank you for having the vision and dedication to make it happen!

Needing a Meeting Facility? For booking information at The Farm please contact Anna Evans, the venue manager, at 919-750-5464 or visit thefarmnc.com.

 

 

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301 Endless Yard Sale Expands in NC

Tobacco BasketThe towns of Kenly, Selma, Smithfield, Four Oaks, Micro and Benson located along US 301 in Johnston County will have company at this year's 2nd Annual 301 Endless Yard Sale, to take place the weekend of June 20-21, 2014.

Patterned after the long established 127 Longest Yard Sale that runs from Michigan to Alabama, and inspired by the HGTV television show Flea Market Flip, the communities along US 301 will join together with vendors offering deals, antiques, collectibles and more along a 100 mile stretch of highway between Roanoke Rapids to Dunn, NC.

The US 301 Endless Yard Sale officially starts on the third Friday of June on the 20th and runs through Saturday beginning at 7am and ending at 5pm. Many sellers will be located along the stretch in well established visitor sites like the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly and TWN Antiques in Selma...as well as families, churches, and schools on the route with participating vendors.

This event was spearheaded by Mayor Cheryl Oliver of Selma and encouraged by retailer Tommy Abdalla, who annually attends the 127 Sale. Tommy's enthusiasm is catching and our immediate goal includes bringing visitors to the county for the two days sale.  And who knows, maybe one day it will run the complete 301 highway from Delaware to Florida.

The Visitors Bureau is providing marketing support and helping to coordinate meetings for the event’s organizers with each town.  Visitors are invited to explore the country roads of Johnston County every year looking for the unique collectible and rare finds they may have been dreaming about...that special antique just might be along the 301 Endless Yard Sale.

For more information on the event and contacts in each town, visit the official website, www.301endlessyardsale.com

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Logging Expo Returns to Cox Farm

Cox Farm located just outside Selma, site for the 2013 Logging Expo. Cox Farm located just outside Selma, site for the 2013 Logging Expo.

Two year's ago the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo event was held on a local farm just outside Selma known as the Cox Farm, owned by Smithfield lawyer Allen Wellons.  The event returns to the area and again expects to draw huge crowds to attend on  September 20-21.

The very popular, Swamp Logger family and crew as seen on The Discovery Channel will be on hand at this year's show.  Visitors will find them between Tigercat and the pond.

Ticket Info:

Bring the entire family for the Expo and visit local attractions. Two-day pass is $15 per adult when you register online or $20 per adult at the gate. Children 16 and under are FREE. No ATVs or golf carts please. Handicapped or disabled person transport arranged at main tent registration when you arrive.


About the Event


The Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo has emerged as the region’s signature event for the forest industry’s wood fiber supply chain.  Up to 4,000 loggers, foresters, truckers, landowners, machinery manufacturers-dealers and service providers are expected to participate.

The setting for the 2013 expo will be aesthetically unique, given the central location of an abandoned farm house and pond. More importantly, the exhibit area will be more compact but still roomy, with all exhibitors getting walking trail exposure. Registration will be more streamlined and there will also be additional food vendors.

To help attract even more forestry professionals to the event, on-site training and education opportunities will be offered to loggers and foresters for the first time.

Along with an improving economy overall, the demand for packaging and wood products has positively impacted log and fiber demand in the last several months. As well, new and expanded wood fiber and log markets have ballooned and others are in the works, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic region. This has already resulted in expanded logging capacity in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and more logging capacity will be needed to meet mill demands.

The event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Professional Loggers, North Carolina Forestry Association, and Hatton-Brown Publishers, parent company of Southern Loggin’ Times and Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations.

CLICK HERE for show program.  YouTube video from the 2011 show.

 

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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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