I got to spend the day in Mayberry! Well, almost. Last Saturday we drove down to Westminster, South Carolina for their annual Mayberry Comes to Westminster festival. Being a life-long Andy Griffith fan, I’ve attended the “big” one in Mt. Airy, North Carolina on two occasions and first visited the smaller Westminster version several years ago. These festivals are truly a taste of old time Americana, and I love it! In case you’re still wondering what in the world I’m talking about, this festival is for fans of The Andy Griffith Show. 🙂
We started the day with the Andy Griffith Show trivia contest. I found the questions fairly easy and should have gotten them all correct…but not being quick on my feet, I scored 75%. It was still SO much fun and basically the reason I attended in the first place.
The weather was perfect (“you couldn’t have gotten a better day if you’d of put an order in for it”); sunny and really breezy with almost no humidity. We enjoyed watermelon from one of the booths, but Main Street was lined with everything you would want when it comes to Southern fair food – funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, BBQ plates, sausages, homemade ice cream and Hawaiian Ice.
There was also a drive-in featuring quite a few classic cars. Paul enjoyed looking at those, and a few of them rode in the parade at the end of the day.
The other really fun part of these Mayberry Days festivals is the interaction with the tribute artists. There are at least ten actors who dress up as characters from the show and stay in character all day long. You can walk up and talk to them as if you were actually on the show (just as you would with a cast member at Disney World!). I enjoy a podcast for fans of the show called Two Chairs No Waiting and was glad to meet the host of the show who acts as a tribute artist, impersonating Floyd the Barber.
It almost felt like stepping back in time to the late 50’s! I think I would have gotten along fine in Mayberry. So here’s my question for you – if you could live in any other time period, what would it be?
That’s it for me! Have a lovely weekend!