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Presidential candidates invited to Ham & Yam

Posted March 19, 2012

With North Carolina looking like the site of a possible political showdown between GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the organizers of this year's Ham & Yam Festival decided to extend an invitation to them and President Barack Obama to attend this year's event. 

Ham & Yam, which is held annually in downtown Smithfield, takes place the weekend prior to the May 8 North Carolina primary. 

"What better place to talk about the future and direction of this great nation, and "pork barrel" projects, than in Smithfield at the annual Ham & Yam Festival?" Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation executive director Chris Johnson said in a press release. "As a political junkie, I questioned why wouldn't a candidate want to visit our festival to gather support and bring home the bacon."

Last year, 25,000 people attended the free two-day event. 

Candidates were invited through e-mail. The local Democratic and Republican parties will have informational booths for local and national candidates at the festival. 

None of the campaigns have responded as of Monday, Johnson said. 

Whether the candidates attend or not, Ham & Yam has a full lineup of entertainment, including Molly Hatchet doing a free concert on May 4 and Nashville recording artist The Lost Trailers performing the following night. 

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  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 20, 2012

    Ham & Yam festival. LOL.
    That's as cheesy as Romeny's grits.

  • lovelarvae Mar 20, 2012

    "I don't know if I could keep my lunch down after that.....his Y'all and "cheesey grits" was about enough pandering as I could stomach from that fake."

    I hear ya, but I'd still like to see Mitt do a rendition of 'Flirting With Disaster', if for no other reason just to see Stewart & Colbert have a good time with it.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 20, 2012

    "I hope Romney times his appearance so he can join Molly Hatchet on stage and belt out a couple of classics."

    I don't know if I could keep my lunch down after that.....his Y'all and "cheesey grits" was about enough pandering as I could stomach from that fake.

  • Disabled Vet Mar 20, 2012

    If ever there was a reason not to go to Ham & Yam, this is it!

  • jacamoe Mar 20, 2012

    Wasn't The Little River Band there as well or was that Railroad Days in Selma. Great band as well as Night Ranger.

  • mekisharogers Mar 20, 2012

    both of you all , do not know what you are talking about.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Mar 20, 2012

    I don't know how they get these musical lineups...last year I went to hear Night Ranger and they were awesome!!! Forget BO - I'd like to see Santorum and Romney.

  • lovelarvae Mar 19, 2012

    I hope Romney times his appearance so he can join Molly Hatchet on stage and belt out a couple of classics.