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Eight actors who appeared on The Andy Griffith Show will be joined by three other special guests to headline Mount Airy’s 28th annual Mayberry Days.
The festival, which takes place Sept. 18-24, celebrates all things Mayberry in the hometown of Andy Griffith. This year’s list of actors includes Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson, Clint Howard, Rodney Dillard, Ronnie Schell, Margaret Kerry, LeRoy McNees and Joy Ellison.
Lynn played the role of Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on the famed show and has resided in Mount Airy since 2007. Peterson played Charlene Darling, and Dillard was one of her brothers, the Darling Boys. Howard, the younger brother of Ron Howard, played Leon, a cowboy hat wearing kid.
All actors will make appearances and sign autographs throughout Mayberry Days, while Schell, Kerry, Dillard and McNees will perform ticketed shows.
Joining in the fun is Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, aka Deputy Barney Fife. She will perform two shows in tribute of her father: “A Deputy’s Daughter” and “Tied Up in Knotts.”
Other notables include George Lindsey Jr., son of the actor who played Goober, and Bettina Linke, wife of associate producer Richard O. Linke.
Once again handling the master of ceremonies role throughout the festival will be David Browning, better known as the Mayberry Deputy.