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Johnston County and its towns along US 301 are part of the annual 301 Endless Yard Sale. This event takes place the third weekend in June and is patterned after the long established 127 Longest Sale and inspired by the HGTV television show. The communities along US 301 join together with deals, antiques, collectibles and more along a 30 mile stretch of highway between Kenly and Benson, NC. Many sellers are located along the stretch in well established visitor sites like the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, TWM Antiques in Selma and Benson Korner Flea Market....as well as families, churches and schools on the route with vendors. It has now expanded through five NC counties and has over 100 miles of shopping.

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Fourth of July celebration with food, games, entertainment, and live music, raffle and fireworks (held next to Carlie C's on US Hwy 301 S). Event time: 3pm-9:30pm

Benson Singing Grove
406 Main St.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-5117

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Enjoy the ringing-of-the-bells and home-made ice cream. Everyone will get the chance to ring a bell! Enjoy a tour of the Coats Museum and House. Event time 11:30 am.

Coat's Museum, Bell Tower & House
3317 Old Fairground Rd.
McGee's Crossroads Area
Angier, NC
919-894-4443

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For an evening out for the family, enjoy popular movie titles shown at the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium or at the Benson Singing Grove, weather permitting. Event time: 7:30pm. FREE

W. J. Barefoot Auditorium
303 E. Church St.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-1606

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A Southern tradition for over 60 years, this four day festival is packed full of mule events that celebrate the "beast of burden" and the role of mules in rural farming. Other activities include rodeos, arts and crafts, street dances and free concert on opening night. This annual event actually begins with a golf tournament at the Reedy Creek Golf Course. For the entire event schedule and more information on dates, campsites, vendors, and admission costs, contact the host organization, the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Downtown Benson and Chamber Park
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-3825

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Enjoy the annual tree lighting with music performances, parade with Santa arriving on the Benson fire truck, entertainment, vendors and Christmas shopping along Main Street. Event time: 6pm-8:30pm.

Main Street Benson
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-3825

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Held in April each year, this tractor show offers a tractor pull, mini-tractor pull, tractor games, parade of power, children's games, and concessions. Event time: 8am-10pm

Benson Chamber Park
355 J. Lee Rd.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-3825

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The Meadow Lights began almost forty years ago and continues to add new and elaborate decorations each year. The crew starts in September to hang the hundreds of thousands of lights and “Christmas Fantasy”. Some of the displays include an authentic manger scene, carousel scenes, and much more. The Meadow Lights also offers three trains that travel through a colorful area of lights that children and adults can enjoy.

Enjoy the dinner buffet at Meadow Restaurant with the whole family before the light show and a trip to the Christmas Country Candy Store! Event is open the Friday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year's Eve.

4546 Godwin Lake Rd.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-4370

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Enjoy a day on the farm in the fall! Hayrides, pumpkins, millet maze, walk through the woods, visit the farm animals, and go fishing. There are food products and various produce for sale as well as fall plants and pumpkins. Even time: 9am-4pm

Smith's Nursery and Strawberry Farm
443 Sanders Rd.
McGee's Crossroad's Area
Benson, NC 27504
919-934-1700

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The oldest Southern Gospel singing convention in the nation includes three days of gospel music. Friday night gospel singin concert with Saturday & Sunday competition days for amateur duets, trios, quartets, choirs, and family groups. Event times:Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm (Sundays open with church services).

Benson Singing Grove
406 Main St.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-4389

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Bring your whole family for a FREE concert of Beach Music Bands at the Benson Singing Grove. Sing along and dance under the stars....remember to bring a lawn chair! Event time, 6pm-9pm.

Benson Singing Grove
406 Main St.
Benson, NC 27504
919-894-3825

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235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829

 

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