I had a pleasant Mayberry Days experience this year in spite of the rain, rain, that would not go away! Hurricane Kyle was thoughtless enough to send drizzles our way most of the day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but by Saturday evening the rains appeared to have ended, and Sunday was beautiful for our drive out of Mount Airy.
For those who don’t know, Mount Airy, North Carolina, is the childhood home of Andy Griffith, and one of the primary inspirations for the fictitious town of Mayberry. Every year the town hosts Mayberry Days during the last full weekend of September.
To underwrite my anual trip to North Carolina, I sell copies of a compilation of poems about Mayberry I have put together called The Mayberry Poem – A Tribute to Mayberry. Book sales to Mayberry Days visitors were extremely low this year because of the low turnout at this year’s festival. However, I did very well selling to local Mount Airy stores, so I only brought a few books back to Nashville with me. I am supposed to have another 20 books on their way that somehow never made it to Mount Airy.
Every time I turned around, I ran into friends, and we dined on delicious meals at local Mount Airy restaurants like the world-famous pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch, Pandowdy’s, and Sagebrush. I think we ate three times at Goobers out on Highway 52! Good food, good company, good times – Hurricane Kyle sure didn’t dampen our Mayberry Days spirits or appetites much!
My friend, actress Chevy Anz, did her superb Daphne impression for the Mayberry Days parade on Saturday, and I was her silly sidekick Skippy from Mt. Pilot this year. I took the opportunity to wear my mother’s vintage mink stole for the parade, which made the occasion all the more special for me. The parade is always a high point — whether watching it from the sidelines or walking in it, to see all those squad cars, vintage cars, tribute artists, marching bands and especially the cast members is a true delight. This year tribute artist Barney Woods earned high marks for his dead-on impersonation of Barney Fife and his fun interaction with the crowd, and Goober impersonator Tim Pettigrew was his usual enthusiastic, crowd-pleasing self.
I made it all the way from Nashville, TN to Mount Airy, NC with no trouble finding gas. Prices ranged from $3.99 in Nashville to $3.39 in Knoxville, and around $3.69 in NC.
With gas prices high, reports of gas being hard to find, and the rains, attendance was definitely down this year, but I have no regrets about going. This may have been my last visit to Mayberry Days, and if this was my last year, I’m glad I got to say good-bye as a Fun Girl!
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Watch a video of Mayberry Days shot by Ida Graham! (Not responsible for previews and other videos packaged by Crackle with the Mayberry Days video).
From Crackle: Sep 27 2008 – VID00026
Other Mayberry Links:
Mayberry Days 2007 Review
Mayberry Days 2006 – The Other Side of Mayberry
Mayberry Days Book Signings at Mayberry on Main
The Mayberry Poem – A Tribute to Mayberry Reviews
The Mayberry Poem – A Tribute to Mayberry
Romance in Mayberry – Poetry
Christmas in Mayberry – Poetry
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