What’s That Yam Thing Contest

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Entries for the annual “What is That Yam Thing?” Contest, which can be made to look like a person, thing or animal, will be received on Friday, May 4, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the corner of 2nd and Johnston Streets behind the courthouse. Entries will also be received on Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. – 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, Smithfield, beginning Thursday, April 26, and at West Smithfield Elementary, South Smithfield Elementary, Wilson’s Mills Elementary, and Neuse Charter.


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

2. One entry per person per category (person, animal or thing).

3. The competitive age divisions are: under 5, 5-8 years and 9-12 years.

4. 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 youth receive a movie pass to Howell Theater.

All entries are on display for public viewing Saturday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. to 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. Please make every effort to come by sometime during the day Saturday and get your ribbon and prize money. Winners will be moved to a “winners table”. If your potato is on the winners table and there is no one at the tent, please come to the Drink Booth diagonal from the tent for more information.

The “What is That Yam Thing” Contest is co-sponsored by Johnston County 4-H, The Ham and Yam Festival and The Howell Theater.