Mayberry in the Midwest Festival
Taking place May 15th, 16th & 17th, 2015, this fun-filled 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.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Friday, May 15th
1:00 – 5:00 pm Vendor Booths Open, Courthouse Square
6:00 – 9:00 pm VIP Meet & Greet Party, Courthouse Rotunda
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 16th
7:00 – 9:00 am Pancake Breakfast, Kentucky Street Fire Station (2 blks west of Square)
8:00 am Trolley Shuttle Service begins
9:00 am Mayberry-Themed Parade, Vendor Booths Open, Welcome Center Opens, Tractor Town, Opie’s World, Vintage Vehicle Display
10:30 am Tribute Artists Show
11 am to 1 pm TAGS Reruns showing in the Royal Theater
12:00 pm “Win A Date With Ernest T” and “Mayberry Mania” Game Shows on Stage
2:00 pm Karen Knotts Show in the Royal Theater; Checkers Tournament
4:00 pm Tribute Artists Show
6:00 pm Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band Concert at Town Hall
7:30 pm Mayberry After Dark, Courthouse Square
9:30 pm Mike Toomey Comedy Show in the Royal Theater
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Sunday, May 17th
8:00 am Biscuit-n-Gravy Breakfast, Danville Christian Church, 180 W. Main
8:00 am Trolley Shuttle service begins
9:00 am Squad Car Nationals Competition (3 blks south of Square)
9:00 am Vendor Booths, Welcome Center, Tractor Town, Opie’s World, Antique Car Display, and Museum all open
11 am to 1 pm TAGS Reruns showing in the Royal Theater
11:00 am Opie Look-A-Like Winner Announced followed by Tribute Artist Show
2:00 pm Karen Knotts show in the Royal Theater
2:30 pm “Mayberry Feud” Game Show on Stage
3:00 pm Tribute Artists Show
It all kicks off on Friday the 15th with the VIP Meet and Greet Party. There will be a limited number of tickets for the Meet & Greet VIP Party where you can get up close and personal with all the Tribute Artists and other honored guests at 6 pm on Friday, May 15th. This event takes place in the beautifully restored rotunda of the historic Hendricks County Courthouse. Guests attending the VIP party will also be treated to great food from local eateries and a special performance by the Stampede String Band.
Karen Knotts: A deputy’s Daughter Shares Secrets From the Big House
Join Karen Knotts as she shares hilarious stories and images of her legendary dad. Click here to get tickets now and learn about the man who created Barney Fife. We’ll also have the following nationally recognized Tribute Artists performing together on stage both days:
The Mayberry Deputy –David Browning
Floyd the Barber– Allan 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
Start your day with a hearty breakfast! The festival weekend kicks-off Saturday morning with a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 9 am (or until they run out of pancakes!) at our local fire station just two blocks west of the Courthouse Square.
At 9 am on Saturday only, the Mayberry in the Midwest Parade ushers in the Tribute Artists, plus we’ll have a marching band, squad cars, a pack of Opie look-a-likes, a “loaded goat” and other surprises.
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 to pick up a souvenir event guide, purchase show tickets, get directions, add to the “Mayberry Memory Wall”, or get answers to questions.
Because Mayberry in the Midwest is now a 3-day festival, arts and crafts vendors will open Friday, May, 15th from 1pm until 5pm with many arts and craft booths for your shopping pleasure. Vendors will be open from 9am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Interested in being a VENDOR at the festival? Click the link below for an arts and crafts vendor application:General Vendor Application
Kids will have a great time too. They can visit Opie’s World amusement area and let the kids burn off some energy or hang out in Tractor Town 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 on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm. 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 Marion Street so you can enjoy your food while watching entertainment 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 three different Mayberry-themed game show contests featured on stage.
On Saturday, Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band will perform a bluegrass concert in the gymnasium at Danville Town Hall. You can also enjoy some down-home humor with the Mike Toomey Comedy Show at the Royal Theater and guests 21 and over can experience Mayberry After Dark. These are all ticketed events–just click on the link to buy advance tickets or you can cross your fingers that there’ll still be seats available that day.
Sunday morning, you won’t want to miss the 13th Annual Squad Car Nationals at 9 am just a few blocks south of the Courthouse Square. 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!
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!
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 one of two old-fashioned trolley cars for a short, but nostalgic ride downtown where all the festivities will be held. The trolleys run from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle stops will be provided in several locations throughout the downtown. Parking at the High School will cost $1 per vehicle. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s cheap!
If you want to stay where all Tribute Artist will hang their hats, join them at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Avon, Indiana. Book your room at our host hotel while they are still available!
A list of nearby hotels can be found here: https://www.visithendrickscounty.com/lodging.asp.
NEW Danville Bed & Breakfast called “Marmalade Skies” has a limited number of rooms available. Find them on FaceBook.