Mayberry in the Midwest II

The Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced plans for “Mayberry in the Midwest II” in New Castle, Indiana the weekend of July 11 and 12, 2003. “Mayberry in the Midwest II” is a two-day event celebrating the fun, morals, and cherished memories of the beloved “The Andy Griffith Show” (TAGS) characters. The stars of the now world-wide syndicated show, scheduled to appear and perform at this year’s event include: George Lindsey (Goober), Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), The Dillards (The Darling Boys), Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling), and James Best (Jim Lindsey-a small guitar playing role, but best known as “Rosco P. Coltrane” on the “Dukes of Hazard”), all of whom are returning from last year’s
inaugural “Mayberry in the Midwest.” Joining this year’s scheduled to appear cast line up are Elinor Donahue
(Ellie Walker), Jean Carson (Fun Girl Daphne), Bernard Fox (Malcolm Merriwether), and Margaret Kerry
(Christmas episode characters “Bess Muggins” and “Helen Scoby”.)

Fan favorite David Browning, “The Mayberry Deputy” is returning as the “Barney Fife” impersonator. Also joining him are returning impersonators Allan Newsome as “Floyd the Barber,” Kenneth Junkin as “Otis,” Mike Darden as “Wally the Mayberry mechanic,” and Kathryn Darden as Goober’s girlfriend, “Flora Malherbe.” Making this event the largest gathering of impersonators (or tribute stars) at any Mayberry themed event are the additions of Phil Lee as “Ernest T. Bass,” Jeff Branch as “Howard Sprague,” Tim Pettigrew as “Goober.”

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“Wally” was on hand last year to greet visitors to Trump’s Texaco as well as hand out flags at the Mayberry dinner.
The show stars will be in attendance at the first event planned for the weekend, an “’Evening of Mayberry”
presented by the City of New Castle. This evening consists of a charity auction and dinner with the stars at the
Henry County Arts Park Friday evening. The charity
auction, featuring many “Mayberry” signed memorabilia and other wonderful items, benefits the Henry
County United Fund and the Art Association of Henry County. “The Young Relics with Mike Fleming” are the
featured performers of the evening. This local favorite will have a “Mayberry feel” to their music that evening
and the band will entertain the crowd during dinner. This evening costs $20 per person and starts at 6pm.
Saturday, July 12th, the TAGS stars present the weekend’s featured event, the “Mayberry in the Midwest” Cast Reunion Show at 7pm at Bundy Auditorium. Taking place at Bundy Auditorium on Saturday evening at 7pm, this approximately 3 hour show features each of the listed TAGS stars presenting an array of stories, character portrayals, skits, and music. Similar to a Branson, Missouri-type of show, this is a once in a life time experience to see your favorite stars of this wonderful show and it is sponsored by the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau and other sponsors. Tickets are $25 per person.
Call the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) at 888-676-4302 or 765-593-0764 or stop into the CVB office located at 2020 S. Memorial Dr., Suite I in New Castle.
Ticket sales are extremely limited for the dinner (with approximately 550 seats available) and everyone is encouraged to get their tickets early. Ticket for both events are on sale at the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Office during regular business hours. The CVB is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and is located at 2020 S. Memorial Dr. (State Road 3), Suite I in the Castle Point Shoppes.
Related Articles and Links:
Mayberry in the Midwest 2002
Mayberry in the Midwest Review
Mayberry in the Midwest Photos

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