For 15 years, memorabilia relating to Andy Griffith and his role in the fictitious Mayberry have been displayed in various locations in Mount Airy, N.C., the small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the actor-singer was born 83 years ago.
Now a permanent museum has opened that expects to welcome huge crowds this year as the town celebrates the 50th anniversary of the debut of The Andy Griffith Show in 1960. A good time to visit might be during "Mayberry Days," the weekend festival in Mount Airy each September sponsored by the Surry Arts Council. Now in its 21st year, it offers pie-eating contests, games of checkers, bluegrass music and more.
This year it's Sept. 23-27. The Andy Griffith Museum is at 218 Rockford St. For details, call (336) 786-1604 or go to andygriffithmuseum.com. -- Times wires