Throughout the year, the Sampson County Exposition Center often presents or partners with organizations to present performances or special events, please visit this page often to learn more about special events and performances that are open to the public.  For some events there may be an admission fee and other events are offered FREE to the public.

Box Office Telephone: +1.910.592.7200
Box Office  Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 The Sampson CenterStage Box Office is located inside the Sampson County Exposition Center located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton, NC.  Tickets may be purchased in-person, by telephone and online.  The Sampson CenterStage Box Office accepts the following methods of payment:  Cashier’s Check, Money Orders, Personal Check, Business Check, American Express, Mastercard and Visa.  Pursuant to NCGS 25-3-506 Checks returned to the Sampson CenterStage Box Office for non-sufficient funds are subject to a returned check in the amount of $25.00.  The Sampson Center Stage Box Office follows the Holiday Schedule as set forth by the State of North Carolina. 

A note about Third-Party ticket Resellers:  The Sampson CenterStage Box Office including, and are the only OFFICIAL TICKETING PROVIDERS for events sponsored by the Sampson County Exposition Center, the Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series; as well as select rental clients. Tickets obtained from other unauthorized sources may be stolen, counterfeit or invalid due to payment issues and will not be honored. Tickets purchased from other sources are often greatly inflated in price and are not eligible for assistance if tickets are ever lost or stolen or if the event is canceled or rescheduled. The Sampson CenterStage Box Office is not responsible for tickets purchased from other sources.

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Performances and Events

Christmas with The Embers

Featuring Craig Woolard

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by: Sampson County Exposition Center

Tickets On-Sale: October 2, 2017

Ticket Prices: $20/person

!0% OFF Groups of 10 or more

When local music fans think of The Embers, Christmas music probably isn’t going to be the first thing that pops into their head.

The legendary North Carolina band is much more likely to have their music played at the beach than an ice skating rink, but on Tuesday, December 5th, the North Carolina Music Hall of Famers will perform their Christmas Holiday show at the Sampson County Exposition Center.

Bobby Tomlinson, the longtime leader and founding member of the band, says "the Embers are a perennial summer band that also can tour during the fall and winter months.  All of the clubs in Myrtle Beach, like the Alabama Theatre, have been doing Christmas shows for years, so we started performing one about nine years ago. It doesn’t have anything to do with beach music; it’s 100% Christmas music; its ‘Christmas with the Embers.’  We have all varieties of Christmas music and a snow machine. It’s exactly what you would expect at one of the Myrtle Beach venues, but we take ours out on the road.”

Tomlinson is clear that when the Embers perform the Christmas show, the audience will hear holiday standards, not the beach songs they play during the warmer months. The band enjoys switching up its musical choices during these shows, bringing the joy of the season to a new group of fans – just as it did when they were invited to entertain US Troops a few years back.  “I got an email from the office of a general who was a big Embers fan, who had been transferred from Fayetteville to South Korea,” Tomlinson said. “His cultural attaché asked if it would be possible for us to perform for the troops the following Christmas; I asked, ‘What’s wrong with this year?’  We put it together real quick and flew over there, and we actually performed two years in a row.”

This family friendly performance is suitable for all ages and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.