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Barbara Eden will pop in for Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27 in Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Barbara Eden Will Pop In For Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Barbara Eden and Clint Howard will make guest appearances at the 26th annual Mayberry Days festival, Sept. 24-27 in Andy Griffith’s hometown.

Both actors are visiting Mount Airy for the first time. Eden played the role of Mayberry’s first manicurist in a well-known episode, while Howard appeared in several episodes as Leon, a cowboy-hat wearing youngster who always had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his pocket to buy Tramadol.

“Barbara’s episode is among the most memorable and popular of all time. We’ve gotten a bunch of calls from fans,” said festival organizer Tanya Jones of the Surry Arts Council. “Clint is Ron Howard’s brother and was in several episodes, as well as many of his brother’s movies.”

The multi-day festival, which draws tens of thousands from across the U.S., pays tribute to Mount Airy’s role as inspiration for the idyllic town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.

Joining Eden and Howard this year is Bruce Bilson to Order Soma, assistant director of The Andy Griffith Show. Bilson also directed Eden in the movie Chattanooga Choo Choo. He will talk about that movie before a screening at the Earle Theatre, and will also appear at Professor Brower’s lecture about The Andy Griffith Show and share his memories of working with Griffith, Ron, Howard, Don Knotts and all the wonderful people associated with the classic sitcom.

Hometown sweetheart Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, will make several appearances, along with Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling); Morgan Brittany (Opie’s girlfriend Mary Alice Carter); Ronnie Schell (two different characters); George Lindsey Jr. (son of George “Goober” Lindsey), and several other actors from the show.

Rodney Dillard, one of the Darling Boys, will play a bluegrass concert, and Karen Knotts will perform “Tied Up in Knotts,” a one-person stage show she wrote in tribute to her late father.

Other activities include a golf tournament, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time, trivia contests, a barbecue cook-off, and the Mayberry Days Parade. Fans also enjoy meeting tribute artists like Mayberry Deputy David Browning, and attending the annual meeting of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC).

“Mayberry Days has grown in popularity every year. We feel it’s because the show is timeless and people are searching for a simpler, more wholesome time,” Jones said.

Mayberry Days is comprised of free and ticketed events spread over four days to deliver Ambien online website. For a complete schedule and details, call (336) 786-7998, or go to:

25th Mayberry Days is coming soon – September 25-28!

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Mount Airy, North Carolina is the hometown of Andy Griffith, known for the beloved “Andy Griffith Show.” We are honored to be known as Mayberry, and each year we celebrate Mayberry Days during the last weekend of September. You can travel to “Mayberry” any time you visit our city, but a visit during Mayberry Days is extra special!

parade13091483The Mayberry Days Parade is on the Saturday of the festival, September 27th, starting at 9 a.m. in Downtown Mount Airy! Arrive early for a good spot!

This is a wonderful festival with fun for the entire family! Fans of the show will love traveling back in time – to the days when life was simple and the sheriff did not have to carry a gun. Special guests include Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou, Joy Ellison who played Effie Muggins and more, James Best who played Jim Lindsey, George Spence who played Frank the Fiance, Elizabeth McRae who played Betty Parker, Maggie Peterson who played Charlene Darling, Karen Knotts who is Don Knotts’ daughter, George Lindsey Jr. who is George “Goober” Lindsey’s son, Rodney Dillard from The Darling Boys, and MORE!


Free shuttle service will run on a loop all day on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, to the following locations:

– Virginia Street parking lot (Downtown Mount Airy, off of N. Main St.)

– City Hall Street, to serve the adjacent parking lot (Downtown Mount Airy, off of Moore Ave.)

– Surry Arts Council/Andy Griffith Playhouse/Andy Griffith Museum/Blackmon Amphitheatre

– Mayberry Campground, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, Knights Inn, and Mayberry Motor Inn

– Downtown Mount Airy at the Mount Airy Visitors Center

There are multiple events, shows, contests, and PLENTY of good times! Here is a sampling of the events at Mayberry Days, but it is not a complete list – visit for a complete line-up!

– Mayberry Days Parade on Saturday, September 27th at 9 a.m. in Downtown Mount Airy

– Aunt Bee’s Bake Sale on Friday at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Mrs. Wiley’s Tea Party at the Mount Airy Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. (corner of N. Main St. and Moore Ave.) (free)

BBQ Cook-Off with the BBQ sold on Saturday at Surry Arts Council/Andy Griffith Playhouse

Family Entertainment on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (free)

– Karen Knotts “Tied up in Knotts” One-Woman Show on Friday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy; Tickets $15 and limited seating available – call 336-786-7998 for tickets.

– “Mayberry Minute Men” Youth TAGS Trivia Contest on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and the adult TAGS trivia contest on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from the Andy Griffith Playhouse/Museum)

– “Chester Jones” Checkers Tournament on Saturday beginning at 12 Noon at the Photo Gallery Room in the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Horseshoes from Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horseshoe Pit behind the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Pork Chop Sandwich Eating Contest on Friday, 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch hours) at Snappy Lunch in Downtown Mount Airy

– Mayberry “Idle” on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from Andy Griffith Playhouse/Museum)

– THE EMBERS Beach Music Concert on Thursday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre; Tickets $15 each

– AND SO MUCH MORE – go to for the full line-up!


For a full line-up of events and more information about Mayberry Days, visit the official website at

Make your reservations for accommodations as soon as possible and for assistance with reservations during Mayberry Days, call the Mount Airy Visitors Center at 336-786-6116 or 800-948-0949.

It’s going to be a big weekend, so please visit and join in the fun and festivities!


Wally’s Service Station and Mayberry Courthouse

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Wally’s Service Station is an original service station built in 1937 and operated as a Gulf Station and then later operated as a Standard Oil Station or Esso. The Fruit Basket now operates inside of Wally’s Service Station and they offer a wide variety of souvenirs and collectibles. Mayberry Squad Car Tours also leave from the station and return to the same location.  On site is the Mayberry Courthouse and Otis’ Jail Cell and other replicas of the set of the show. Also on-site is The Mayberry Hotel replica/gift shop.

The service station is open year-round, with hours that depend on the season. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For special requests and reservations year-round, please call 336-786-6066 and leave a message. For Squad Car Tours (reservations suggested) call 336-789-6743.

Mayberry Squad Car Tours

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Remember Sheriff Taylor’s police car? The one you saw in every episode? In Mount Airy, you can tour all of the sites in a Mayberry squad car. Each tour starts at Wally’s Service Station, then it will travel up and down the streets of Mount Airy, where you will learn stories about Andy Griffith and Mayberry, history of the town, Floyds Barber shop, the TV Land statue, Snappy Lunch, Andy Griffith Playhouse, the childhood home of Andy Griffith, and the world’s largest open-face granite quarry. Please call ahead to schedule a tour, especially during summer and fall seasons. Keep in mind that winter hours are limited – always call before visiting.