Ever wished you could step inside your television and become a resident of the fictional town of Mayberry portrayed on the 1960s hit, The Andy Griffith Show?
That dream is actually more possible than you might think. During the third weekend in May every year, fans of the show or lovers of small-town Americana in general can descend on Danville, Ind., in Hendricks County to enjoy the honest-to-goodness, wholesome fun of the Mayberry in the Midwest festival.
Planned for May 20-21, 2017, this will mark the fourth year of the festival, which continues to evolve and add new surprises. As a staff member of Visit Hendricks County, lover of the TV show and festival attendee the first three years, I feel pretty qualified to provide some reasons why you should come see Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie and the rest of the gang.
Tribute Artists – I really believe the men and women who come from all across the country to bring the show’s amazing characters back to life make this event special. Great actors portray Barney, Gomer, Floyd the barber, Ernest T. Bass, Goober, Aunt Bee, Otis and many others. Not only do these actors put on a great hour-long show on the festival’s main stage each day, but they mingle with the crowd, keep up the show’s hi-jinks on unsuspecting visitors and are generally intertwined with every aspect of the two-day festival. Make sure to get your picture taken with them and say, “Hey.”
I hope to see you in Danville this year! As Barney Fife would say: “It’s going to be big!”