Is there anything more Americana than Mayberry? I believe the iconic Andy Griffith Show continues to withstand the test of time because of its values. It represents simple, small-town living and relationships forged from slowing down and enjoying life.
With that in mind, I invite you to take a break and embrace that way of life during a festival that celebrates the show in Central Indiana.
If you love the show or simply love authentic, multi-generational family fun, then the Mayberry in the Midwest festival should be on your bucket list of experiences. It returns to Danville, Indiana, May 19-20. You can even help celebrate a milestone as the festival has reached its fifth year.
So, why should you come and what should you make sure to see? I’m glad you asked.
To start with, you should anticipate much of the fun and zaniness that makes the show so popular, and most of the activities are FREE. Every aspect of the festival either occurs on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square or within a block or two of the square. So, the entire event is pedestrian friendly.
Usually within minutes of arriving, festival goers are welcomed by Tribute Artists that come from all over the country. They do such an amazing job bringing some of the show’s favorite characters back to life — including Barney, Gomer, Goober, Floyd, Otis and many more. They perform on stage once each day as well as mingle with the crowd throughout the festival. They are so good that I sometimes have to remind myself that wasn’t the real Floyd or Otis.
Three actors from the original show — Maggie Peterson Mancuso (Charlene Darling), Margaret Kerry and Ronnie Schell — as well as the son of George Lindsey (Goober) and the daughter of Andy Griffith also will make appearances this year.
Visitors also can enjoy reruns of The Andy Griffith Show running on the big screen at the historic Royal Theater both days. The Hendricks County Historical Museum will host demonstration tents. Children can enjoy Opie’s World Free Kids Zone. The whole family can tour Tractor Town, watch or participate in trivia contests and enjoy numerous bands playing on stage throughout both days of the event. Food and merchandise vendors also will line one side of the square.
I find it hard to pick out specific activities, but since we are often asked, here goes.
As is the case every year, the festival offers a couple of events that cost an extra fee and require a ticket.
You can find a complete schedule of activites and more information for the 2018 Mayberry in the Midwest festival here. For more things to do in Hendricks County while you are here for the weekend, go to the Visit Hendricks County website.
Mayberry in the Midwest in Danville, Indiana