October in Johnston County offers something for everyone – festivals, music, beer and wine tastings, foot races and Halloween haunts. Here’s a list of what’s coming up next month:
Selma Railroad Days – It’s from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Selma. Now in its 41st year, the annual event has all of the features of a street festival – food and other vendors, entertainment on multiple stages, classic cars and a children’s play area. But Railroad Days adds a 5k run and walk, model train displays, a parade and, this year, an area for teens. Admission is free. For more information, go to selma-nc.com/railroad-days-festival.
Clayton Fear Farm – The fall attraction returns Oct. 3 to Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Lood Road, Clayton. It continues every Saturday and Sunday through the month. During the day, the attraction caters to young families, with pumpkin picking, cow milking, paddle boats on the pond, a cotton maze and Seymour’s House of Dreams. At night, Fear Farm aims to appeal to teens and adults with haunted hayrides and the like. New this year is a haunted cotton maze. Ticket prices vary. To learn more, go to boyettefamilyfarms.com or call 919-553-0016.
Beer, Wine & Shine Trail – Johnston County’s Beer, Wine & Shine Trail has added a guided option with lunch. The next event gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Other stops are Gregory Vineyards and Broadslab Distillery. The cost, including transportation by motorcoach, is $89. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.claytonfoodtours.com/trail or call 919-585-4498.
The Shindig – The event, which mixes Americana and bluegrass music with craft beers, is scheduled from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on Town Square, 110 W. Main St., Clayton. On the music menu are American Aquarium, The Black Lillies, Yarn and seven others. On tap will be 25 beers. Food trucks will be on hand too. Ticket prices vary. For tickets, or for more information, go to theshindig.net.
Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival – This year, the family-friendly event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on Railroad Street. The festival features food and other vendors, children’s activities, a dunking booth, music, classic cars and a 5K run and walk to benefit Backpack Buddies. Admission is free.
Shine & Shop – Enjoy a vintage market, food trucks, wine and beer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Broadslab Distillery, 4834 N.C. 50, Benson.
Beer Tasting and Food Truck Rodeo – The second annual event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Club at Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. Five breweries and six food trucks will be on hand. Tickets are $21. To learn more, go to https://theclubatflowersplantatio.ticketspice.com/second-annual-beer-tasting-and-food-truck-rodeo.
Fall at Bentonville – A fall festival with living history program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. The festival will feature hayrides, carnival games, a corn-shucking contest and 19th century baseball. Also, visitors will learn about 19th century farm life, and costumed interpreters will talk about how lives changed with the outbreak of war. Demonstrations will include open-hearth cooking, children’s games, spinning and sewing.
Healthy Harvest 5K – The 5K race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Benson. Registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at 102 W. Parrish Drive. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. A one-mile walk for families will also be held. Afterward, enjoy live music, food, vendors, a car show and kids’ activities. To register for the race, go to runsignup.com/Race/NC/Benson/HealthyHarvest5k.
Historic Ghost Walk – Guided tours of Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Front and Church streets. Visitors will hear stories from five personalities from Johnston County’s past. Refreshments will be in the nearby Hastings House. To learn more, call 919-934-2836.
Trunk or Treat Junction – It starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, on Raiford Street in downtown Selma. The free event will offer music, bounce houses and, of course, candy for kids. To learn more, go to www.selma-nc.com/trunk-or-treat or call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
Trick or Treating in the Maze – It’s from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lazy O Farm, 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield. The family-friendly event features farm animals, hayrides, a fairy trail tale, a playground and photos with scarecrows and pumpkins. The cost is $8 per person, cash only.
Car Cruize In & Tractor Show – The event, held annually in memory of Charlie Parrish and Frog Beasley, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Percy Flower Store, 4879 N.C. 42 East, Clayton.
Pumpkin Carving & Outdoor Movie Night – It starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Archer Lodge Community Park, 14009 Buffalo Road. The schedule includes pumpkin carving, soups and sandwiches, a costume contest and movie. Admission is free, but bring a donation of kids’ socks or pet supplies.
For other Johnston County events, go to johnstoncountyevents.com.