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Mayberry Days - September 25-28, 2014 in Mount Airy, North Carolina

The Surry Arts Council Presents

Mayberry Days

September 25-28, 2014
Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Surry Arts Council celebrates its 25th Mayberry Days!

Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn't carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

Only one word to describe Mayberry Days - BIG ! From the first swing at the "The Emmett" golf tournament on Thursday morning to eating a barbecue sandwich to singing the last song at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Sunday morning, it's big! The Surry Arts Council and City of Mount Airy welcomes fans of all ages and from all around the world to Mayberry Days. Make plans now to attend this family friendly festival and enjoy four full days of Mayberry spirit.

There is so much to do during the festival with all types of shows, a parade, Special Guests, contests, a Silent Auction, food, and games. Something for the entire family! Enjoy it all, but remember to to take time to slow down and enjoy what Mayberry means to you.

Mayberry Days events take place in locations around Mount Airy, with the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre being the hubs of activity. Most everything is within walking distance, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes (the festival goes on, rain or shine). There is free parking in the numerous municipal lots downtown. Events are scheduled for minimal overlap where you can enjoy nearly everything.

Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. The Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return.

Kenneth "Otis" Junkin and David Browning "The Mayberry Deputy" on parade


View the Photo Galleries of the 2013 festival

Get around downtown with this map

Special Guests

Many cast members and special guests are scheduled to attend the festival this year, as their schedule will allow. You will have numerous opportunities to meet the guests, take photos and purchase autographed photos and memorabilia. Check the Mayberry Confidential for the scheduled times and locations. Update: Unfortunately, Peggy McCay (Sharon DeSpain) has had to cancel as of Sept. 16, because of an injury that just happened on the set of “Days of Our Lives.” She sends her regrets and best wishes to all her friends and fans.

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Joy Ellison
Effie Muggins, Mary Wiggins, Iris and others

James Best
Jim Lindsey

George Spence
Frank the Fiance'

Elizabeth MacRae
Betty Parker (TAGS)
LouAnn Poovie (Gomer Pyle, USMC)

Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

Morgan Brittany
(Suzanne Cupito)
Mary Alice Carter

George Lindsey, Jr.
Actor and son of George "Goober" Lindsey

Jackie Joseph
"Sweet Romena"

Rodney Dillard
The Darling Boys

LeRoy McNees
The Country Boys



Margaret Kerry
Bess Muggins/Helen Scoby



2014 Mayberry Days Tickets

All tickets for the 2014 Mayberry Days shows are still available. You can purchase them online or by phoning the Surry Arts Council at 336.786.7998 during normal business hours. Visit the Shows page for more details. All ticket sales for Surry Arts Council events are non-refundable.




Thursday, September 25th

The Emmett Golf Tournament (includes dinner and entertainment)

11:30 a.m.


Golf Dinner and Entertainment

4:30 p.m.


The Embers

8:00 p.m.


Friday, September 26th

Karen Knotts "Tied Up in Knotts" (CALL SAC FOR TICKET 336.786.7998)

12:30 p.m.


Doug Dillard Tribute Concert featuring Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band

2:00 p.m.


James Best "Best in Hollywood"

4:15 p.m.


James Gregory "The Funniest Man in America"

7:00 p.m.


The Tams

7:30 p.m.


VW Boys "Salute to Mayberry"

9:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 27th

Professor Brower's Lecture  / TAGSRWC Meeting

2:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Matinee

2:30 p.m.


Michael Hoover "Memories of Elvis"

7:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time (CALL SAC FOR TICKET 336.786.7998)

7:30 p.m.


Many thanks to our Sponsors

Shop online at TAGSRWC for licensed merchandise


Follow Mayberry Days on Facebook and Twitter

You can keep up with the latest festival updates through our official Facebook page or on Twitter by clicking on the logos:




Mayberry Days Shows

Mayberry Days has a full range of shows for the whole family every day of the festival. There is bluegrass music, variety shows, beach music, educational lectures, gospel music, comedy & magic, and just plan fun! Learn more about all these shows and tickets early so you don't miss any of the fun.

Special Guests and Tribute Artists at Colonel Tim's Talent Time 2009


Mayberry Confidential

The Mayberry Confidential is the official festival newspaper of The Surry Arts Council and your guide to all Mayberry Days events and other great shows, concerts and arts programs during our 2013-2014 SAC Season. Copies are still around town throughout the year. The 2014 edition will be available in advance online and in print a few days before the festival begins.

Be sure to support the businesses who advertise in the Mayberry Confidential and tell them "thanks for supporting Mayberry Days and the Surry Arts Council!"

Click on the image to download a PDF version (3 Mb) of the 2013 edition.


Mayberry Days Quilt Auction

Saturday, September 27, 2014
12:30 p.m. at Andy Griffith Playhouse
Free Admission and No bid premium

A special Mayberry Days T Shirt quilt will be auctioned during the festival in celebration of the 25th Annual Mayberry Days.

It was crafted by Pat Coleman of the "Remembering Mayberry " TAGSRWC Chapter, Chillicothe, Ohio. The quilt measures 82" x 82" and features the t-shirt from every Mayberry Day since 1990, with black cotton framing and black binding. The back of the quilt is blue on blue with creme paisley with a hanging sleeve at the top.

Rogers Realty & Auction Co., Inc . of Mount Airy will be the auctioneer. In 1990, they auctioned Frances Bavier's (Aunt Bee) estate.

Click image for their website

Many thanks for Pat for creating this quilt and to Deloris Cummings, Rick Grimsley and Jeff Koontz for t-shirt donations.


The Mayberry Deputy & Floyd the Barber

Mayberry Days wouldn't be the same without David Browning as The Mayberry Deputy, and Allan Newsome as Floyd the Barber. The Surry Arts Council appreciate all their efforts, along with the other tribute artists to make the festival so much fun for everyone.


25th Anniversary Mayberry Days T-shirts

People are talking about the new Mayberry Days t-shirt, and not just because they are filled with classic quotes from your favorite television show. More photos and pricing are available here.

The shirts are available in the two different styles/colors shown: blue short sleeve and grey long sleeve. Available sizes for both styles: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, XXXL.

T-shirts are now available at the Andy Griffith Museum Gift Shop. During the festival, they will also be available at the Information Tent in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. If you would like to order yours by mail, please call the Museum at 336.786.1604.


Mount Airy Weather Forecast

The forecast is for fun, no matter what the weather outside is!


Games and Family Fun

Mayberry Days has something for kids and those of us who are kids at heart. Lots of free events and children's activities along with games of skill and mental challenges. Highlights include Autograph Sessions, Mayberry Days Golf Tournament, Trivia Championship for youth and adult, Mrs. Wiley's Tea, WBMUTBB Silent Auction, and Pickleland to name a few. More fun that you can throw a rock at!

See all the details and plan your weekend of fun for the whole family.



Mayberry Days Championship Barbecue Cook-off

The Barbecue Cook-off will return in 2014 with another weekend of great food and fun. Starting on Friday night, cookers from all over the state will be tending the fires to create some of the best tasting NC barbecue this side of Mount Pilot. Barbecue judging is Saturday morning. Special Guests will announce the winners on stage at the Blackmon Amphitheatre Saturday afternoon.

Pre-Order your 1-lb containers of barbecue by calling SAC at 336.786.7998. The cost is $10 each. Barbecue sandwiches are available starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Information for barbecue cookers interested in completing this year can find all the information on our Barbecue Cook-off page.


Getting Here and Accommodations

For driving directions and an interactive map from your hometown to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, click on the map at the right. Once you are in town, you can use the Mayberry Days Venue Map to help you get around town.

Local hotels fill up so early reservations are recommended. There are many hotels and great Bed & Breakfasts in Mount Airy and the surrounding communities. Visit the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce website at or call 800.948.0949 or 336.786.6116 for information.

Once you arrive in town, stop by the Mount Airy Visitors Center, located inside the Chamber of Commerce building at 200 N. Main Street "under the big copper clock" downtown for more area information and maps.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Mayberry Days

Whether you live in Mount Airy or are traveling in for the festival, volunteering is a great way to show your support of events like Mayberry Days. Help make the good times happen!

If you have any suggestions or would like to help out, please let send us an email or stop by the office or Information Station and ask how you can help.

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