Johnston County Welcomes Fall with Festivals and Farm Fun

chris-young(Johnston County, NC) – Fall has arrived 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 Daytime- For the little ones, this child-friendly farm 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, Cotton Maze, Picnic Shelter, Cow Milking, and Pedal Karts to take around the pond! Opening October 4th, and then on Saturday and Sundays in October. Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is located on the Boyette Family Farm at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton. For more information call 919-553-0016 or visit, boyettefamilyfarms.com.

Clayton Fear Farm- As the ONLY haunted Halloween scream park in the Triangle, this nighttime event is for the older kids with stronger hearts. This fear farm features seven 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! New this year is the Haunted Cotton Maze!-- Try to find your way through the rooms alone and not be sidetracked by something or someone following too closely. Opening October 3, then Friday and Saturday nights in October, and most nights at the end of the month. Check their website for a full schedule. The Clayton Fear Farm is located on the Boyette Family Farm at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton. For more information call 919-553-0016 or visit, boyettefamilyfarms.com.

3rd Annual Farm Fest- With a lineup like this, Farm Fest, presented by Springhill Outfitters in Selma, is where you want to be October 4th. Artists performing this year include Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Chris Lane, John King, and Luke Combs. Along with great music, there will be food and drink vendors on hand. Farm Fest will take place starting at Noon at "The Farm" at 225 Batten Rd., Selma. For more information and details about the concert call 919-351-0764 or visit thefarmnc.com.

Historical Ghost Walk- Learn about Johnston County with this eerie historical ghost walk around Downtown Smithfield on Thursday, October 16th from 7-10pm. Small groups are guided through the cemetery where costumed re-enactors tell stories about interesting persons from Johnston County's past. Learn more by calling the Johnston County Heritage Center at 919-934-2836.

St. Ann's International Food Festival- Held on September 27 from 11:30am- 5:30pm, this International Food Festival is the largest ethnic food festival in the Johnston County area and features cuisine from fifteen countries, live international entertainment, a silent auction, and games for children. The wonderful foods associated with the many cultures that make up St. Ann Catholic Church are all prepared by parishioners who take great pride in their heritage and a love for cooking. Gyros from Greece, Tacos el Pastor from Mexico, and Golumki and Mizeria from Poland are but a few of the many cultural dishes to be enjoyed at this year's festival. For more, visit internationalfoodfestival.net.

Lazy O Farm Maze Dayz and Super Saturdayz- Located in Smithfield, Lazy O Farm 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, mining fun, 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. Lazy O Farm is located at 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield, and for more information call 919-934-1132.

Smith's Nursery Fall Festival- On October 11th, journey to Smith's Nursery to enjoy the day outside with pumpkin picking, hayrides, farm animals, and more! The festival goes from 10am- 3pm and tickets cost $5. Smith's Nursery is located at 443 Sanders Rd., Benson (I-40, Exit 319) and for more information call 919-934-1700.

2014 NC Grape Stomp Festival at Gregory Vineyards- Gregory Vineyards is hosting this festival September 21st, from 1-6pm. Head out to the vineyard to enjoy family fun, games, grape picking, an old fashioned grape stomp, and 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 gregoryvineyards.com for more details about the festival.

Wilson's Mills Pumpkin Festival- This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th. Visitors can join in the family fun with vendors, children's activities, a dunking booth, music, food, and much more! Running in conjunction with the festival will be the Sue Daniels Memorial 5k Run/ Walk for Backpack Buddies and a Charity Car Show. Time of the event is 9am- 5pm and activities 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, visit johnstoncountyevents.com or call 919-989-8687.