Smithfield Herald

Visitors Bureau publishes guide to meeting spaces

The Farm near Selma is Johnston County’s newest meeting space.
The Farm near Selma is Johnston County’s newest meeting space. JOHNSTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU

The Johnston County Visitors Bureau has printed a new marketing piece to promote Johnston as a meeting destination.

The Meeting Facilities Guide was available in time for distribution at the annual trade show of the Association Executives of North Carolina.

“This new Meeting Facilities Guide will introduce to meeting planners Johnston County’s outstanding location just minutes from the Triangle and convenient location along I-95 and I-40,” said Donna Bailey-Taylor, executive director of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.

Also, “it will promote the many unique venues we offer such as historic homes, wineries and our newest facility, The Farm, located near Selma,” she said.

The guide breaks down the spaces by category: conference spaces; venues for weddings and reunions; wineries and breweries; hotel spaces; outdoor spaces; and restaurants with private rooms.

With seating for 1,000, the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium in Smithfield is Johnston County’s largest auditorium space. For sit-down meals, the Johnston County Agricultural Center and The Farm can hold about 400 people.

As demand for meeting space grows, Johnston businesses are adapting. The Preston Woodall House in Benson has added space, and the former Mulberry on Main restaurant in Clayton is now a catering and event venue call Brick & Mortar.

With seating for 25 to 1,000 people, Johnston County offers many affordable and accessible meeting spaces, and the Visitors Bureau will be attending additional trade shows to make connections with planners in the Triangle, Bailey-Taylor said.

Amanda Astoske, sales and marketing manager for the Visitors Bureau, is available to help planners with site inspections, bids for space, group rates for hotel rooms and conference services.

For a copy of the Meeting Facilities Guide, call the Visitors Bureau at 919-989-8687.