Mayberry in the Midwest Festival
Presented by THE DUGAN FAMILY
INSIDER TRAVEL TIP!!! Do you want to know the EASIEST way to get to Danville and avoid the traffic on US 36? Then plan to use this route: Take I-74 to the Lizton exit (SR 39). Go south on SR 39 for about 9 miles until you reach Danville. SR 39 intersects with US 36 on the west side of Downtown Danville. At the stoplight, take a right and travel about half a mile (follow the signs) to the Danville High School parking lot. Park your car for $1 and jump on the old-fashioned TROLLEY for a short ride to the Courthouse Square. It’s that easy! It may seem like a few more miles overall, but you’ll make up for it in time by avoiding lots of traffic lights and congestion along US 36 between Indianapolis and Avon. Try it out–you’ll be glad you did!
Taking place May 17th & 18th, 2014, this 2-day festival celebrates all things Mayberry. Meet actress Maggie Peterson who played Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show and Rodney Dillard, one of the Darling Boys. Rodney and the Dillard Band will perform in concert on Saturday evening. We’ll also have the following nationally recognized Tribute Artists performing together on stage both days:
The Mayberry Deputy –David Browning
Floyd the Barber– Allen Newsome
Ernest T. Bass — Phil Fox
Otis Campbell — Kenneth Junkin
Gomer Pyle — Michael Oliver
Goober — Tim Pettigrew
Howard Sprague — Jeff Branch
Brisco Darling — Bob Mundy
There will be a limited seating Meet & Greet VIP Dinner with the Tribute Artists and other honored guests at 6 pm on Friday, May 16th at the Twin Bridges Golf Club. Click here to purchase Meet & Greet tickets.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast! The festival weekend kicks-off Saturday morning with a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 9 am at our local fire station just two blocks west of the Courthouse Square. Sunday morning, you can join the congregation at West Bridge Church where Rodney Dillard will give a talk about “Mayberry Values in Today’s World”.
Afterwards, head to the Courthouse Square for a full day of old-fashioned fun celebrating all things Mayberry. Stop by the visitor’s Welcome Center located at 68 S. Jefferson. Here you can pick up an event guide, purchase concert tickets, get directions, add to the “Mayberry Memory Wall”, or gets answers to questions.
Beginning at 10 am, vendors open their arts and craft booths for your shopping pleasure. At 11 am on Saturday, the Mayberry Parade ushers in the Tribute Artists, plus we’ll have a marching band, squad cars, Miss Mayberry contestants, a pack of Opie look-a-likes, a “loaded goat” and other surprises.
Arts and Craft vendors to visit on the downtown square during the two-day festival. Booths open from 10 am to 5:00 pm so you can shop for that perfect gift or festival souvenir. Kids will have a great time too. Prancing Ponies will provide pony rides for the kids or you can visit the Opie’s World amusement area and let the kids burn off some energy. Tractor Town will be located on the north side of Washington Street where you can enjoy a huge display of antique tractors and the kids can go for a ”barrel ride”.
The Hendricks County Historical Museum has an original jail cell decorated with all the comforts of home–just like Otis would expect. You can also look for their very own Aunt Bee humming around the 1950′s-era kitchen.
The historic Royal Theater will be showing reruns of The Andy Griffith Show on the big screen. Go inside and relax for a few minutes as you watch your favorite Mayberry characters on the silver screen.
Enjoy dining at any of the eateries in the downtown area. There will be plenty of picnic tables placed on Jefferson Street so you can enjoy your food while watching the entertainment or contests on the stage. Throughout the day, the stage will have a variety of entertainment to delight both young and old. Listen to music, watch the Tribute Artist Show, or cheer on participants as they compete in a dozen different Mayberry-themed Contests featured on stage. Each contest has a limited number of participants, so don’t delay–join in the fun and register today! To register for a contest after May 16th, visit the Welcome Center located at 68 S. Jefferson Street.
CLICK ON CONTEST TO REGISTER
Aunt Bee’s Pie Eating Contest
Barney’s Quick Draw
Ernest T’s Bride
Floyd’s Barber Shop Shave
Goober & Gomer’s Pit Stop
Opie’s Fish Toss
TP Wedding Dress
You’ll also be able to watch or participate in the Checkers Tournament–just one more activity you can sign up for here by clicking on the contest name above. After May 16th, you can also sign for the tournament in the Welcome Center.
After you’ve gotten autographs from actress Maggie Peterson, better known as “Charlene Darling” and the many Tribute Artists, take a short walk to Ellis Park and watch the Mayberry Downhill Derby. They’ll practice on Saturday from 4 to 8 pm. Also from 4 to 8 pm, for a nominal fee, you can take a ride down the hill in a two-seater derby car. Rides will also be available on Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm. Double elimination racing starts at 1:00 pm on Sunday. There are two categories of racing–the “Just For Fun” category and the “Competitive” category. Those entering the Just For Fun category have a short list of rules and are just out for fun. The Competitive category is for those looking to win in derby-style head-to-head competition. Click on the link above for rules and registration.
On Saturday evening, Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band will perform a bluegrass concert outdoors at the Ellis Park Amphitheater. But before Rodney and his band take the stage, The Crawdaddys will get you warmed up for a great show starting at 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are now available for purchase online. Children 12 and under are free.
Late Sunday afternoon, you won’t want to miss the 12th Annual Squad Car Nationals at 4 pm in Ellis Park. Where else can you see owners of Mayberry squad cars competing against the clock (and each other) as they drive from one task to the next in their iconic Ford Galaxies. Winners take home a trophy and bragging rights…….until next year!
PARKING: Wondering about parking for this event? We’ve got you covered. We’re providing convenient off-site parking at the Danville High School where you can hop on our old-fashioned trolley car for a short, but nostalgic ride downtown where all the festivities will be held. Sponsored by Hendricks Regional Health, the trolley runs from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle stops will be provided in several locations throughout the downtown. A map will be posted here very soon.
HOTELS: A list of nearby hotels can be found here: http://www.tourhendrickscounty.com/lodging.asp. (If you want to stay where all the Tribute Artists will hang their hats, our host hotel is the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Plainfield.)
NEW Danville Bed & Breakfast called “The Four Sisters” just opened: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourSistersInn?ref=hl