DANVILLE — Take a step back in time with beloved characters and family fun when the town of Danville celebrates its fifth annual Mayberry in the Midwest festival May 18 to 20.
Based on “The Andy Griffith Show,” the festival transforms the Historic Downtown Courthouse Square for an entire weekend each May.
Downtown Danville Partnership Executive Director Christa Miller is the event organizer for the festival and said she is excited for this year’s activities.
“This year we have more special guests and we’re expecting bigger crowds,” Miller said. “It’s a great way to celebrate small town Americana, a throwback to simpler times. I think we all need that right now.”
Throughout the weekend, children can play at Opie’s World on Jefferson Street, food and merchandise vendors will line Washington Street, historic tractors will take over Tractor Town, and demonstrations will be held at the Hendricks County Historical Museum.
Many of the events and activities throughout the weekend are free, while some are ticketed.
Miller said festival guests can enjoy even more special guests and tribute artists this year, as well as more events to attract local community members.
“Levi Riggs is doing a free concert, to help get the local crowd in,” she said. “The ‘Just Be Kind’ kids are going to be helping with Opie’s World, an area with bounce houses and a petting zoo where kids can just have fun.”
The festival will feature more vendors this year as well, Miller said, including a booth with event sponsor Hendricks Regional Health.
More than anything else, Miller said she enjoys seeing people happy when they attend the Mayberry in the Midwest festival.
“I think it’s a really good festival for the community,” Miller added. “Each year we see more and more out of town guests, which is great for the community. I hope it continues to grow.”
Many local businesses offer extended hours and specials during the festival, and Miller encourages guests to explore the town square.
Ashton Brellenthin writes for the Hendricks County Flyer and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SeeAshtonWrite.