The Surry Arts Council Presents

Mayberry Days

September 19-24, 2017
Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Mayberry Days Family Fun and Games

There is something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy. Whether you are a casual fan of The Andy Griffith Show or can quote every episode, you enjoy a good game of checkers or you just want to sit on the porch, sip sweet cider and count cars, the spirit of Mayberry takes many forms during the festival and we've got something just for you.



Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
In front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse

Get a Mayberry Confidential along with answers to all your festival questions at the Mayberry Days Information tent.

  • Pick up or purchase festival tickets
  • Purchase trivia contest entry fans
  • Mayberry Days t-shirt sales
  • Register for:
    • Mayberry Idle
    • Checkers Tournament
    • Pie Eating Contest




Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Blackmon Amphitheatre

Mayberry Days is officially recognized on Friday morning when Mount Airy's Mayor, City and County officials and other distinguished guests gather at the Blackmon Amphitheatre to acknowledge the importance of the festival and honor the special guests.




Friday at 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Playhouse

Find the perfect "sugar pick-me-up" when you get that "sinkin' spell" late in the day at Aunt Bee's Bake Sale. Lots of homemade goodies and cakes from the kitchen of Aunt Bee and her friends in Mount Airy.




Special guests will be available for autographs, photos, and memorabilia sales throughout the festival. Not all guests will be at every location or time, depending on their schedule. There is a charge for autographs, but smiles and photos are free. Look for the [End of Line] signs for each person.

Cross Creek Country Club (must have Golf Dinner ticket) on Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Andy Griffith Musuem Theatre (below Museum)
Friday 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. until...



Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
Downtown at the corner of Main St and Moore Street

"No coffee, tea or punch, thank you." The Chamber Chicks are hosting the social event of the festival. There will be punch and cookies along with answers to questions about about visiting the area (along with proper etiquette, the latest dance or even the weather). You can call 800.948.0949 or 336.786.6116 or visit their website at for information about visiting Mount Airy any time of the year.

Plenty of photo opportunities and smiles for all.




Friday at 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Playhouse grounds

Photo opportunities, pickle games and fun!

Win pickles from Mt. Olive Pickles in the Pickle Toss on Friday. (They're much better than Aunt Bee's kerosine cucumbers).




Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Main Street from Independence Blvd to
the Andy Griffith Playhouse

The parade down Main Street from BB&T to the Andy Griffith Playhouse is the start off the biggest day of the festival with all the Special Guests, tribute artists, marching bands, TAGSRWC chapters, squad cars and a whole lot of fun!




Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Andy Griffith Playhouse (around the marquee sign in front or downstairs in the Siamese Twins Exhbit room in case of rain)

Sponsored by "Who's Been Messing Up The Bulletin Board?" TAGSRWC Internet Chapter

Unique Mayberry items including autographed memorabilia and handcrafted items from members of the WBMUTBB online chapter of TAGSRWC are always a part of the auction. Stop by and see things that are not available anywhere else and take home a one-of-kind Mayberry item!

Auction items are set up after the parade ends and bidding continues until 12:00 Noon. Volunteers are available to help throughout the auction and you must be present at Noon to claim your high bid and purchase your item.

100% of the proceeds from this annual service project go to the Surry Arts Council to help with the festival.

Something for everyone at the WBMUTBB Silent Auction


What's in this year's auction?




Blackmon Amphitheatre

Mayberry Days Barbecue Awards Presentation
Saturday 11:00 a.m.

Mayberry "Idle"
Saturday 12:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lots of free live entertainment at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Friday and Saturday for all ages.

2014 entertainment from Maui, a local ukulele band




Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Blackmon Amphitheatre

End your weekend with The Lisemby Family's non-demoninational service with music and a special message. Join in singing original songs and some of Andy Griffith's favorite hymns and gospel songs. It's the perfect ending to the weekend for you to take home an inspiration message and feelings that can last all year.





Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Sagebrush Steakhouse Restaurant
Just off the Andy Griffith Parkway at
200 Woodland Drive, Mount Airy

Don't leave on an empty stomach! Join your friends and other guests for one final meal at the Sagebrush Steakhouse, a long time supporter of Mayberry Days. From beef to chicken, soup to salad, their menu has something for everyone.



Mayberry Days Games and Contests

Many fans enjoy the peace and quiet of Mayberry Days, but for those of you who like the thrill of victory, we have events for you too!


Thursday beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Cross Creek Country Club

$100 per golfer includes greens fees, country buffet dinner, golf awards presentation and entertainment from the Special Guests and tribute artists.

The golf tournament has been renamed in memory of Emmett Forrest (The Keeper of the Flame) and avid golfer and true friend to everyone he met, whether playing golf or at the Andy Griffith Musuem.

Mayberry Days' first event is at Cross Creek Country Club with the Mayberry Deputy reviewing the rules for this "Sheriff's Choice" tournament at High Noon Ernest Tee-Off is at 12:30 p.m. for the shotgun start. Hole sponsors add something special to each hole and Special Guests and tribute artists move about the course with refreshments and laughs. Teams compete for trophies, awards and bragging rights for the year. Special thanks to Dewey Lamb of "Shakedown! Shakedown!" TAGSRWC Chapter for providing special awards this year.

Individuals or pairs are welcome to golf and will be assigned to a team before the tournament.

Takin' the shortcut would only get us into trouble!




Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Information Station at the Andy Griffith Playhouse

Remember the TAGS episode "Man in a Hurry" when Andy peels an apple without breaking the peel? If you have a steady hand and keen eye, you can sign up at the Information Station and get your apple and peeler to try for the longest continuous peel during the festival. There is no time limit, but if you start, but sure to finish before you take a nap in the rocking chair.

Trophy awarded at the Information Station on Saturday at 4 p.m.




Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch hours)

Snappy Lunch
Downtown Mount Airy

If you are feeling extra hungry plan to compete in the world famous pork chop sandwich contest at Mayberry Days (the record is 8!). Check in with the staff at Snappy Lunch before you order to get a copy of the rules. Mary Dowell will officiate the event (obey all rules). For ages 18 and over.

As Olive says, "Does my heart good to see a thin person eat."




Friday at 2:30 p.m.
In front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse by the Bake Sale Shelter
Hosted by the "Mother Figure" and "Mayberry Days Preservation Society" TAGSRWC Chapters

Still hungry after eating a pork chop sandwich? Come down and see how fast you can eat one of "Aunt Bee's Crustless Cream Pies" with the fastest eaters receiving trophies awarded by Special Guests (1st-2nd-3rd Places awarded). Michael Hoover and Allan "Floyd the Barber" Newsome and will be on hand as official judges (and to make sure no one confuses shaving cream for whipped cream).

Register (entry fee) at the Information Station before 2:00 p.m. on Friday to compete. Two heats of competition - "Young'uns Young'uns Young'uns" and "Hungry Buzzards."

This is an exciting event for the whole family!




Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Blackmon Amphitheatre

Hosted by the "She called me Creatster" TAGSRWC Chapter

"Daylight's precious when you're a youngster" and so is knowing the answers to TAGS Trivia. If there is any doubt that today's generation does not enjoy a good television show, come out and see this contest as the younger TAGS fans (14 yrs and Under) are "ready at a moment's notice with the answer." To compete, purchase a $2 Trivia Fan (a great souvenir) at the Information Shelter in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse or at the Amphitheatre right before the event.

Prizes and trophies awarded to the top winners.




Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Blackmon Amphitheatre

Hosted by the "Hearty Eatin' Men, Beautiful Delicate Women" TAGSRWC Chapter

Get ready to challenge the best of the best in this annual TAGS trivia contest - the "World Championship of TAGS Trivia"! To compete, purchase a $2 Trivia Fan at the Information Shelter in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse or at the Amphitheatre right before the contest.

Everyone is welcome to participate with prizes and trophies awarded to the top winners.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winner Pat Bullins




Saturday beginning at 12 Noon
Siamese Twins Exhibit Room in Andy Griffith Playhouse
Hosted by the Mayberry Chapter of TAGSRWC

Practice on the checkers tables during the week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. then challenge friends and family and try to beat George, Bertha or Dennis to become the 2017 checker champion of Mayberry Days in this round robin tournament. A limited number of spaces are available, so register at the Information Shelter with a $2 entry fee for a chance to win this year's trophy by winning the most games.

The checkers tables will be available all during the festival for anyone to enjoy for fun or practice.

"Chester Jones, you're a two-faced, cheatin' liar!" - Jud




Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Top of the hill across the street from the Andy Griffith Playhouse

"Heft" a hay bale and see how far you can toss it to compete for the winner's trophy. This single elimination contest will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with winner awarded the trophy at 2:00 p.m. Goober says "hay"!

Or you can grab a partner and compete in the Corn Hole Tournament for winners' trophies.



Saturday at 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Blackmon Amphitheatre

Do you want to be a star at Mayberry Days? Mayberry "Idle" is a talent contest at a much slower pace with your chance to perform to the crowd at the Blackmon Amphitheatre. The top three winners are invited to perform at Colonel Tim's Evening show! Space is limited for performers and sign up begins on Friday at 8:00 a.m. at the Information Shelter in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Jeff Branch "Howard Sprague" will emcee this event with local judges providing commentary and discussion between acts with The Lisembys.

Remember it's Mayberry Days, so "if it ain't kind, don't say it!"




Thursday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Horseshoe Pit behind the Andy Griffith Playhouse

Sponsored by the "She Called Me a Creatster" Chapter

The horseshoe pit is in a shady spot directly behind the Andy Griffith Playhouse and all you have to do is find it and challenge your friends to a fun game (no contest held). Watch out for Henry Bennett when you play! Horseshoes will be at the pits all weekend or ask for them at the SAC office.








Visitors Center 200 Main Street Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Museum *($) 218 Rockford Street Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Museum Theatre
and Mural*
218 Rockford Street
(Below the Musuem)
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Betty Lynn Exhibit* Andy Griffith Playhouse
(Lower Level)
Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Playhouse Backstage Tour
with Abigail Linville, Free
Andy Griffith Playhouse Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Mayberry-Mount Airy Photo Exhibit* Andy Griffith Playhouse
Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Siamese Twins Exhibit* Andy Griffith Playhouse
See pages 21 of
the 2016 Mayberry Confidential
Old-Time Music
Heritage Hall*
Historic EarleTheatre Monday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free Jam Session Historic Earle Theatre
(Bring your instrument)
Thursday 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Mayberry Days Postmark Mount Airy Post Office
111 South Main Street

Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday

WPAQ Merry-Go-Round ($) Historic Earle Theatre Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

* Admission fee gets you into all four exhibits!

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