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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




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




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

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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




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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