What's That Yam Thing? Contest

Kids Play With Food in Smithfield

When we were young, our parents told us not to play with our food, but the first weekend in May in Smithfield, that rule will not apply.

Children are encouraged to turn sweet potatoes into works of art in Smithfield during the town’s "What's that Yam Thing?" contest. The competition is part of the town's annual "Ham and Yam" festival, which will begin on Friday afternoon.

Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation Executive Director Sarah Edwards says the competition brings out the creative side of kids.  "The children who participate in the 'What's That Yam Thing?' contest continue to raise the bar each year.  They've come up with some very creative and original ideas for their yams!"

Entries for the annual "What’s That Yam Thing?" contest, which can be made to look like a person, thing or animal, will be received on Friday, May 4th from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the “What’s That Yam Thing?” tent, located at the corner of Second and Johnston streets.  Entries will also be received on Saturday, May 5th from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.  Awards will be announced at 11:00 a.m. at the tent.

Free yams and entry forms will be available in the 4-H Office at 2736 NC 210 Hwy, West Smithfield Elementary, South Smithfield Elementary, Wilson’s Mills Elementary and Neuse Charter School the week of April 29-May 4.

 All entries must have a sweet potato as the base.  Other materials, natural or otherwise, may be used for character design.

  1. One entry per person per category (person, animal or thing).
  2. The competitive age divisions are:  under 5, 5-8 years and 9-12 years.
  3. Make the sweet potato into a person, animal or thing.

Winners in each division will be announced on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.  First, second, and third place winners receive ribbons and prize money.  Ribbons are placed on the winning entries after judging.  

All entries will be on display for public viewing Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m.  There will not be anyone present at the booth on Saturday to watch the entries or guarantee your ribbon will be there when you pick up your entry.  All entries not picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday will be discarded.

The "What’s That Yam Thing?" Contest is co-sponsored by Johnston County 4-H, the Howell Theatre, and the Ham & Yam Festival.




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