Mayberry in the Midwest Festival

Mayberry in the Midwest 


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:  

Mayberry Tribute Players

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.  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 will line 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.  When you need a rest, relax at a picnic table in front of the Jefferson Street 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! 


Aunt Bee’s Pie Eating Contest
Barney’s Quick Draw
Citizen’s Arrest
Ernest T’s Bride
Floyd’s Barber Shop Shave
Goober & Gomer’s Pit Stop
Handcuff Putt
Miss Mayberry
Opie’s Fish Toss
TP Wedding Dress
Trivia Contest
Whistling Contest

You’ll also be able to watch or participate in the Checkers Tournamentjust one more activity you can sign up for here by clicking on the contest name above.  

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: 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:

VENDORS:  If you are a vendor interested in participating in the Arts & Craft venue, the deadline to apply has been extended to April 21st.   Click here for a Vendor Application 

Vendor Application

The Mayberry Tribute Players