Mayberry Days Means Prime Time For Andy Griffith Fans

Mount Airy and Mayberry are synonymous year-round, but for one week every September, the foothills town goes all out for Mayberry Days, recreating many of the scenes and characters from “The Andy Griffith Show.” 

The annual event, Sept. 18-24, 2023, celebrates the beloved TV show in actor Andy Griffith’s hometown. Events, activities and performances take place throughout the week. 

The schedule includes appearances by actors from “The Andy Griffith Show,” guided tours of the Andy Griffith Playhouse, The Emmett golf tournament, nightly live music at Blackmon Amphitheatre, a checkers tournament, Mr. Tucker’s Apple Peeling Contest, “The Andy Griffith Show” trivia contests, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time and the world-famous Mayberry Days Parade on Main Street in Mount Airy.

“Mayberry fans enjoy getting to know more about ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and Andy Griffith,” says organizer Tanya Jones of the Surry Arts Council.

Daniel Roebuck, who played Cliff Lewis for the final three seasons of “Matlock,” will be in Mount Airy for a Saturday evening presentation; he’ll also be a special guest for the country buffet dinner on Thursday evening.

During his four decades in Hollywood, Roebuck has worked alongside many famous faces, but he calls his years with Andy Griffith the most creative and enjoyable.

Rodney Dillard, one of the original Darling Boys from “The Andy Griffith Show,” returns to Mayberry Days with his band for another great bluegrass concert, filled with songs performed on the show and original Dillards hits.

Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts (Barney Fife), returns to Mount Airy with a new event. In this sit-down talk, she reveals why it took her so long to finally write the book “Tied Up In Knotts.” She’ll talk about what it was like to interview fans, family members and celebrities. 

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