Mayberry in the Midwest Festival
Presented by THE DUGAN FAMILY
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-and-Greet VIP Dinner with the Tribute Artists and other honored guests at 6 pm on Friday, May 16th. Tickets will be available for purchase online very soon.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast! The festival weekend kicks-off Saturday morning with a Pancake Breakfast from 6 to 10 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, the Mayberry Parade ushers in Tribute Artists, marching band, squad cars, Miss Mayberry contestants, a pack of Opie look-a-likes, and more 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!
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.
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. On Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm, you can sign up for a ride down the hill in a real derby car. Racing competition starts at 1:00 pm on Sunday. There are two categories of racing–the “Anything Goes” category and the “Strictly Competitive” category. Those entering the Anything Goes category have few rules and are just out for fun. The Strictly Competitive category is for those looking to win in derby-style head-to-head competition. Click here to enter a derby car in either category.
Late Sunday afternoon, you won’t want to miss the Squad Car Nationals at 4 pm in Ellis Park. Where else can you see owners of Mayberry squad cars competing against the clock as they perform specific tasks involving the use of their iconic Ford Galaxies. Winners take home a trophy and bragging rights…….until next year!
If you are a vendor interested in participating in the Arts & Craft venue, click here for a Vendor Application.Vendor Application