Downtown gearing up for annual Mayberry Farm Fest

By Jessica Johnson

May 11, 2014

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association is making preparations for the Mayberry Farm Fest 2014, to be held on May 17 in downtown Mount Airy, with the tractor parade held the night before, May 16 at 6 p.m.

A celebration of farming and agricultural traditions, Mayberry Farm Fest will feature live traditional music and dancing, exhibits of classic farm vehicles and equipment, children’s activities, demonstrations of traditional farming activities, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural displays, food, and more.

The tractor parade in downtown Mount Airy on May 16 will be immediately followed by a kids ride-on parade, where any child is welcome to bring a bike, toy tractor, or other toy, and ride down N. Main Street while it is still closed.

Saturday’s festival includes pony rides, gem mining and prospecting, mechanical bull rides, blacksmith demonstrations, a watermelon seed spitting contest, live musical and traditional dancing demonstrations, as well as cake walks held every hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The merchants of downtown Mount Airy will be open for business during the festival, DBA treasurer Jennie Lowry added.

Lowry shared that this year a new addition to the festival is the first Mayberry Farmfest Quilt Show which will take place on May 17 at the corner of North Main Street and Oak Street, across from the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

Spectators will be able to view quilt entries and vote for their favorite quilt. During the show a raffle will be held for a fire department quilt, featuring all 18 volunteer fire departments in the county, the fire marshall’s office, and the Mount Airy Fire Department. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the restoration of the reacquired 1967 historic No.5 American LaFrance Fire Engine.

Mayberry Farm Fest activities begin at 9 a.m. on May 17 and conclude at 6 p.m. with the Vintage Tractor award ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in multiple categories, including “Hardest Worked,” “Best Restoration,” “Most Original,” “Oldest,” and “People’s Choice” award, for farm and lawn tractors.

After Farm Fest concludes at 6 p.m., the monthly Voice of the Blue Ridge concert will be held, featuring live bluegrass and old-time music on stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre and Old Time Music Heritage Hall.

“Don’t miss a minute of this kid-friendly, family-fun-filled day in downtown Mount Airy,” Lowry said.

Applications for Farm Fest and the Tractor Parade are available at Something Different on Main and Mount Airy Tractor Toyland in downtown Mount Airy. For more information, call 336-783-9509, email or log onto to download an application.

Mayberry Farm Fest is made possible by the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association, Patterson Business Link, Mt. Airy Equipment, Mount Airy Saw and Mower, Southern States, and Dan Valley Tractor.