News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 27, 2014

Danville to become ‘Mayberry in the Midwest’


Associated Press

---- — DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The small television town of Mayberry is moving from the South to central Indiana later this year.

Hendricks County will host a two-day “Mayberry in the Midwest” festival May 17-18. Most of the festival will occur in downtown Danville, a city of fewer than 10,000 people.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that most of the events will take place in the Hendricks County Courthouse Square. Scheduled events include a checkers tournament, a Miss Mayberry contest and Aunt Bee’s Pie Eating Contest.

The festival sprung from Danville’s Mayberry Cafe, a local themed restaurant.

The fictional town where Andy Taylor was sheriff is commonly thought to have been inspired by Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, N.C., which holds its own Mayberry Days festival.