Memories of Mayberry Festival returns to Valley Head

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) – If you want to meet your favorite Mayberry characters, then a hike to Valley Head should be in the near future.

The 5th Annual “Memories of Mayberry” Festival will return to the small town in DeKalb County on Saturday, May 7.

The festival will feature classic Mayberry characters like Barney, Floyd, Otis and Ernest T. Bass. For those unaware, Mayberry is the fictional American town featured in both “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Mayberry RFD”. The community is based in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

According to the event flyer, the festival not only features your favorite Mayberry characters, but also a cruise, arts and crafts, food, raffles, vendors, shows and more! The day’s event starts at 9am

This year’s program includes:

  • 9am: National anthem at the mast, Cruise-In Car Show around the square
  • 9:15 a.m.: Greetings and on-stage lineup announcements
  • 9:30 a.m.: The Darlings on the publicity stage around the plaza, Aunt B’s dill pickle contest at the tent
  • 10 a.m.: The Sharp’s Quartet on stage, Square Dancers on the square
  • 10:30 a.m.: Drawings on stage
  • 10:45 a.m.: Joyful Noise on stage
  • 11:30 a.m.: Election Candidates Speak On Stage, Aunt B’s Pie Contest In The Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Stage Auction
  • 12:30 p.m.: Barney, Floyd, Ernest T. Bass and Otis on stage
  • 1 p.m.: The Sharp’s Quartet on stage
  • 1:45 p.m.: Drawings on stage
  • 2:15 p.m.: Election candidates speak on stage
  • 2:45 p.m.: Whistle contest on stage

The two main contests of the festival include the Aunt B’s Pie Baking Contest and the Dill Pickle Contest.

Baking contest begins at 11:00 a.m. at the White Mayberry tent. Pies must be submitted by 10:30 a.m. In the meantime, entries for the Homemade Dill Pickle Contest must be received at City Hall by 9:30 a.m., with judging at 10 a.m. One entry per person.

β€œIt will be a day of fun and relaxation for the whole family,” said Valley Head Mayor Michael Key. “We’ve got sellers, cruising around [the] town square, artisanal ice cream, pony rides and much more! Come see us and spend the day!”

The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, but City Clerk Debra Rhodes said the festival has recovered well.

All proceeds from the festival benefit the Valley Head Fire Department. For more information, call 256-899-3776 or 256-635-6814.


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