Here are upcoming festivals and events in Johnston County. For more information, vist johnstoncountyevents.com.
Farm Fest – noon Saturday, Sept. 12, at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma. Performers: Josh Turner, Thompson Square, Chris Janson, Old Southern Moonshine Revival and the Blake Kearney Band. Gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. They’re available at etix.com and at Springhill Outfitters, 773 Seafood House Road, Selma.
Preserve the Produce – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. Learn canning techniques for preserving vegetables and fruit. The cost is $10. To learn more, call 919-938-0115.
Jammin’ & Cannin’ – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St. , Kenly. Demonstrations and tips on preserving foods. Call 919-284-3431.
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Clayton Harvest & Music Festival – Sept. 16-20 on Main Street in downtown Clayton. Event times: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The festival features food vendors, family entertainment, hands-on activities for children, local talent performances, concerts and carnival rides.
N.C. Grape Stomp Festival – 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Gregory Vineyards, 275 Bowling Springs Drive, Angier. The family-friendly event features music, food, games, wine and juice tastings, and vendors. Two contests: barbecue sauce, 2 p.m.; and Lucille Ball lookalike, 3 p.m. For more information, visit gregoryvineyards.com.
Mule Days – Sept. 24-27 in Benson. The weekend features rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows. Visit bensonmuledays.com.
New exhibit opening – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Ava Gardner Museum, 325 E. Market St., Smithfield. Visit avagardner.org.
Railroad Days – first weekend in October in downtown Selma. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages, vendors, a model train display, 5K road race, children’s area, corn hole tournament and more. Call 919-975-1411 for more information.
Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at 100 Railroad Street in Wilson’s Mills. The festival offers vendors, children’s activities, a dunking booth, music and food.
Fall festival and living history – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Activities include hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, a corn-shucking contest and townball, or 19th century baseball. Also, visitors will learn about 19th century farm life, including the chores that women and children suddenly had to perform.
Cedars Production Studios second annual Chili Cook-Off – 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Admission is free. Bottomless chili cups are $8 each for ages 6 and older. Local musicians will perform, and the afternoon will offer activities for children. For more information, cedarschilicookoff.org.