Mayberry Days ranked among Top 20 events

A Colonel Harvey tribute artist tries to pawn off his elixir to fans at the 2016 Mayberry Days parade, but they opt to make his picture instead. - News file photo

Southeast Tourism Society has named Mayberry Days one of the society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September.

To get the rankings, travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and the society publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society (www.southeasttourism.org) and Travel Media Pressroom (www.travelmediapressroom.com).

Mayberry Days started in 1990 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Andy Griffith Show.” The idea was born at the estate auction of Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bee) earlier that year. The late September date was selected to coincide with the original airing of the show on Oct. 3, 1960.

That first event was only one day, but its popularity over the years has expanded it to nearly a full week of family fun and entertainment. Demonstrating the enduring popularity of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Mayberry Days has been attended by fans from every state and its international attendance continues to grow. This year’s Mayberry Days festival is Sept. 24-30.

“The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

“These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities, and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”

Events considered for the Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. The society has been ranking the Top 20 festival and events around the Southeast since 1985.

A Colonel Harvey tribute artist tries to pawn off his elixir to fans at the 2016 Mayberry Days parade, but they opt to make his picture instead.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_160924_MayberryParade-1.jpg A Colonel Harvey tribute artist tries to pawn off his elixir to fans at the 2016 Mayberry Days parade, but they opt to make his picture instead. News file photo