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october, 2018

19oct(oct 19)9:00 am27(oct 27)8:00 pm33rd Annual N.C. Yam Festival in Tabor City event scheduleFestival events from Friday, Oct 19 through Saturday, Oct 27


Event Details

33rd Annual N.C. Yam Festival in Tabor City event schedule


  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Information and Souvenirs

  • Quality Sweet Potato Contest Entries Accepted

Sweet Potato Contest Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m.

Location: Tabor City Public Library



  • Miss North Carolina Yam Festival Scholarship Pageant

South Columbus High School, 6:00 p.m. Admission fee of $8 includes a program.



  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Information, souvenirs for sale.

  • Quality Sweet Potato Contest Judging

Sweet Potato Contest Entries will be judged at Tabor City Public Library

  • Yam Festival Display Contest Entry Deadline

Any Business may enter; Residential, within city limits, may enter

Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. (Call 910-377-3012 to enter.)

  • Sweet Potato Pancake Supper

Location: Cafeteria of Tabor City Elementary School, 203 Stake Road, Tabor City, NC

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Eat in or take out, Tickets $8 each

Tickets may be purchased in the office of Tabor City Elementary School.



  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Information, souvenirs for sale.

  • Yam Festival Display Contest Judging

Entries will be judged beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Sweet Potato Food Cookoff

Location: The Todd House      No Entry Fee.

Three Divisions: Adult, Teen (13 – 18 y/o), Restaurant

Entries will be accepted from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Closed Judging session will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Public viewing of ALL Entries: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Sweet Potato Auction Dinner

By Invitation Only.



  • Art / Photography / Sweet Potato Crafts Registration

Location: Tabor City Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 200 Live Oak Street, Tabor City, NC

Youth and Adult entries accepted from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Committee Chair Kelly Jones at kjones@columbus.k12.nc.us.

  • Yam Gathering

A One-Night Youth Revival consisting of Praise & Worship Music and a Guest Speaker/Pastor

Location: Fred E. Lay Stage in the Ritz Plaza, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.



  • Yam Festival Workers’ Appreciation Breakfast (By invitation only)
  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Information, souvenirs for sale.

  • Taste of Tabor

Home of Tim Wright, 4370 Sidney-Cherry Grove Road, Clarendon, NC 28432

(5 miles from Tabor City town limits)

(Rain location: South Columbus High School, 40 Stallion Drive, Tabor City)

Time 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with Entertainment by “ELVIS” and Chris Wright, a local talent favorite.

COSTUME CONTEST and Photo Opportunities so wears your best 1950’s attire!

Tickets are $20 each for Adults & $10 each for Children 12 y/o and under. Tickets may be purchased at Tabor City Chamber of Commerce, Tabor City Public Library or from any Board Member.



  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information, souvenirs for sale.

  • Art / Photography / Potato Crafts Show

Adult & Youth Divisions. Tabor City Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free Admission.

  • Exhibits by Tiger Tater

Public Library, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free Admission

  • Yam Bowl

SCHS Stallions vs East Bladen with kick off at 7:30 p.m. at South Columbus High School

Yam Bowl Trophy will be awarded to the winning team.



  • Yam Festival Headquarters Opens

Public Library, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information, souvenirs for sale.

  • Train Depot Museum

West 4th Street. 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

  • Arts & Crafts, Food Concessions

Downtown & along Hickman Road, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free Admission. Vendors set their own food, craft, retail, novelty, etc. purchase prices.

  • Exhibits by Tiger Tater

Public Library, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free Admission

  • Yam Festival Parade

10:00 a.m. …Originating on Stake Rd., right on Bell Street, right on Hickman Road, right on 5th Street, left on Wall Street. Consists of more than 100 units, bands, clowns, area queens, floats, and much more.

  • Kids Zone

Located down Live Oak Street. Inflatables, games and educational displays fun for the whole family.

Fees may apply.

  • Big Bang Boom Stage on Hickman Road

Variety of entertainment begins following parade. Bring a Lawn Chair! Free admission.

  • Little Farmer & Farmerette Pageant

Begins at 2:00 p.m. on the Big Bang Boom Stage

For entry information, contact Kadi Jo Allen Watts at kjawatts0804@yahoo.com or 910-234-3089.

  • Art / Photography / Potato Craft Show

Adult & Youth Divisions. Tabor City Baptist Church Fellowship Hall,

Public Viewing: 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free Admission.

  • Mt. Tabor

Historical renovated school at the corner of Stake Road and

East 5th Street in front of TC Elementary School, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Free Admission

  • Heritage Hill

Historical re-enactment at the Town Gate (next to Tabor City Public Library) 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Free Admission

  • Ritz Plaza Stage

Entertainment begins following parade featuring Southside Dance Center,

& much more. Free admission.

  • Tabor’s Got Talent

Begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Ritz Plaza Stage. This event will be judged. There will also be an award presented for the “Crowd Favorite” so crowd participation is strongly encouraged. For entry information, contact Erin Mincey at erin.e.mincey@gmail.com or 910-625-6753.

  • Car Show

Location: Orange Street         For information on how to enter, contact Tiger Tater at 843-798-3728.

  • BLS Competition

BLS competition 1:00 p.m., in front of Tabor City Elementary School

Rain location Tabor City Rescue. Free Admission.

  • Stallion Classic Band Field Competition

OK Corral at South Columbus High School, 1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony to follow.

Hosted by SCHS Stallion Band. Admission Fee Applies.

  • Tabor City High School Reunion

All graduates invited to attend. Tabor City Elementary School/Beth R. Woody Auditorium.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. The Class of 1968 will present the program which will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Registration at the Train Depot Museum on Fourth Street across from Courthouse 8:45 p.m.-10:45 a.m.

Free Admission.

  • Rockin’ Sockin’ Street Dance

Location: Ritz Plaza

Featuring Rising Country Artist Dustin Chapman

6:00 p.m. until        (No admission fee)

Additional Information:

  • Churches

Several Area Churches within a 20+ mile radius

  • Local Dining

Restaurants open throughout town

  • Local Shopping

Businesses open throughout town

  • Port-O-John Locations

Fourth Street – near the Car Show area

Live Oak Street – near the KidsZone area

Parking Lot of BB&T which is located on the corner of Hickman Road & Live Oak Street

East Fifth Street – near the Tabor City Public Library


Contact Information:

Rachel Todd, NC Yam Festival President/Manager


Email: rachel03@icloud.com

Cynthia Nelson – Tabor City Chamber of Commerce

103-D East Fifth Street • Tabor City, NC 28463

Phone: 910-377-3012

Email: tccofc@yahoo.com


Website: www.ncyamfestival.com




19 (Friday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 8:00 pm est


Yam Festival Headquarters in Tabor City

101 E. 5th Street

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