Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg

All of us on the Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg team are busy working on the 2024 edition of our event. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Mark your calendars, share the website, encourage your friends and neighbors to follow us here or on our Facebook page because that is where you’ll find the latest announcements.

Here and on our Facebook page you’ll find information about the festival schedule including details about our special guests! We’ll have a wonderful lineup of cast members and tribute artists coming to Scottsburg, IN and we invite you to join us! We’ll even have some unique events that you will not want to miss.

Make your plans to join us! June 21-23, 2024


Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg is the newest Mayberry themed festival to be held in Indiana. Mayberry Fans gather in the Southern Indiana City of Scottsburg for three days of fun and entertainment. Scottsburg lies on Interstate 65 approximately 30 miles north of Louisville, KY.

The festival features Mayberry tribute artists and other special guests including cast members from The Andy Griffith Show. Other fun events include a VIP Meet & Greet dinner, a parade, a car show, variety shows headlined by the nationally recognized Mayberry Tribute Artists, Mayberry Man Movie and Series screenings and meet and greet opportunities and much more.


Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg is held the third full weekend of June each year (except for 2024). Go ahead and put the dates on your calendar for the next several years!

June 21 thru 23, 2024
June 20 thru 22, 2025
June 19 thru 21, 2026
June 18 thru 20, 2027
June 16 thru 18, 2028


Most of the events during Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg will be held in the Courthouse Square Historic District. The map below provides driving directions to the area of the Scottsburg Courthouse Square.

Event Updates

Check back often for updates on festival events.

Special Guests

We have confirmed the first round of our cast, family members and special guests who will be attending Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg 2024! Joining us will be Rodney Dillard (guitar playing Darling boy), Dennis Rush (Opie’s friend “Howie”), Keith Thibodeaux (Opie’s buddy Johnny Paul Jason), Karen Knotts (Don’s daughter), Ronnie Schell (two episodes and Duke Slater on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”), Dixie Griffith (Andy’s daughter), Dreama Denver (wife of Dud Wash #2, Bob Denver), and Dick Atkins (Producer of Murder in Coweta County). How exciting! We know you’re going to enjoy meeting these special people.

CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO APPEAR – Attending Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg in 2024 are Rodney Dillard (guitar playing Darling boy), Dennis Rush (Opie’s friend “Howie”), Keith Thibodeaux (Opie’s buddy Johnny Paul Jason) Karen Knotts (Don’s daughter), Ronnie Schell (two episodes and Duke Slater on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”), Dixie Griffith (Andy’s daughter),  Dreama Denver (wife of Dud Wash #2, Bob Denver) and Dick Atkins (Producer of Murder in Coweta County)

Tribute Artists

Tribute Artist is the term used to describe people who dress as characters from The Andy Griffith Show. They’re not impersonators in that they don’t try to exactly match their characters voice, costume and actions. But they do work hard to create the illusion that you’re actually interacting with their character. Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg is fortunate to have a large group of nationally known Tribute Artists in attendance. These wonderful performers will make you feel that you’re experiencing an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. They’ll be available for pictures, autographs, and will share a variety show that will include recreations of some favorite scenes straight from Mayberry.

Here’s a little background on the Tribute Artists you’ll meet.

Allan "Floyd" Newsome
Allan Newsome as Floyd the Barber

Allan Newsome was raised in a small rural Alabama town much like Mayberry. He’s been performing as Floyd since 1994 at Mayberry events around the country having appeared as “Floyd the barber” in over 17 states and performing at the Opryland Hotel, churches, theaters, festivals, civic events, and on cruise ships. He co-started in the “Mayberry Man” movie and, along with several others appearing at the Scottsburg event, in the upcoming Mayberry Man series.

Rik Roberts at Floyd's
Rik Roberts as Barney Fife

Rik Roberts is a Nashville, TN based comedian and speaker who focuses on providing 100% clean comedy and creative keynotes to groups who need a fun and engaging program. Rik co-starred in “Mayberry Man” as a “Barney” tribute artist after having worked the characters behavior into his stand-up routines for years.

Kenneth Junkin as Otis Campbell
Kenneth Junkin as Otis Campbell

Kenneth Junkin has been recognized as the Number 1 Mayberry Fan in America. His love of The Andy Griffith Show has enabled him to perform such duties and providing security for Don Knotts, and performing as Mayberry’s lovable town drunk Otis Campbell for nearly three decades.

Christie McLendon as Charlene Darling

Christie McLendon has been portraying “Charlene” since she stumbled across the Mayberry family during the Mayberry Cruise in 2009 and became a regular attendee for that event. She has appeared at numerous other Mayberry events and she played multiple roles in the Mayberry Man movie. To paraphrase Briscoe Darling, “Her haircut may be city style but her heart is shaped like a bowl.

Bo Pierce as Briscoe Darling
Bo Pierce as Briscoe Darling

Bo Pierce portrays the head of the Darling family, Briscoe. He can get guitar sounds, banjo sounds, and all kinds of music out of the jug when his plays it. He has to be careful with his music selection because music really touches his heart and many Charlene’s songs make him cry. This man of Mayberry wisdom demands good behavior from his entire family to include no yelling at the table.

Chris Bauman as Gomer
Chris Bauman as Gomer

Chris “Gomer” Bauman is an Indiana University graduate from Columbus, Ind. now residing in Indianapolis. Chris works as an artist and comic with over 25 years of professional Improv experience. He acts locally, teaches improvisational classes, and produces improv comedy shows. Miss Right has evidently managed to hide from Chris and he believes she may be trying to win the U.S. National Hide and Seek Championship. He appreciates her “stick-to-itiveness” and hopes to someday kiss her right in the mouth (even though his parents only shook hands on their deal). 

Tim Pettigrew as Goober
Tim Pettigrew as Goober

Tim Pettigrew has been performing at Mayberry events and entertaining crowds for the better part of two decades. George Lindsey himself enjoyed Tim’s performance as Goober and even gave him tips on how to be “Goober.” Be sure to to tell him “hey” when you see him and maybe he’ll do his Edward G. Robinson impersonation for you.

The "Fun Girls" Skippy (Dixie Griffith) and Daphne (Michelle Bryson).
The “Fun Girls” Skippy (Dixie Griffith) and Daphne (Michelle Bryson).

The “Fun Girls” from Mt. Pilot have been a fixture at Mayberry Days, the Mayberry Cruise, and many other Mayberry events where they entertain the crowds (especially men who remind them of Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife). Dixie Griffith, Andy Griffith’s daughter, portrays “Skippy” and did so for several years before folks even found out she was Andy’s daughter. She keep her true identity under wraps because she truly enjoyed being just another “fan” and experiencing Mayberry. Her partner “fun girl” is Michelle Bryson portraying “Daphne” who’s catch phrase, “Hello doll,” is one that most fans quickly remember. Both of these wonderful ladies are sure to make you smile.

Eric Lowry as Mayor Pike
Eric Lowry as Mayor Pike

Scottsburg’s own Eric Lowry portrays Mayberry’s first Mayor, well… the first one we see on screen, Mayor Pike. Eric stepped into the role of Mayor Pike in the early 2000’s and has done it all… from emcee to auctioneer in the attempt to keep the Mayberry spirit alive. Eric also starred as a judge in the 2021 Mayberry Man movie and made all of Mayberry proud. He has also been instrumental in bringing Mayberry to Scottsburg and has a right to be mighty proud of himself. Be sure to tell the Mayor “hey” and thank him for what he does. He’ll be glad to hear from a voter.

Phil Lee as Ernest T. Bass
Phil Lee as Ernest T. Bass

Phil Lee as been performing as Ernest T. Bass since the early 1990s. He, along with a Barney Fife tribute artist, were the original tributes ever to appear at Mayberry Days. He has been using his clever wit to make fans and friends laugh for much of his life. He’s been walking in to rooms nice and he ain’t been shaking ladies hands. He can read several words, sight wise, and can add numbers up to at least 50 (25 and 25……FIFTY). Barney is a little worried about those rocks he carries in his burlap sack.

Ted Womack as Mr. McBeevee
Ted Womack as Mr. McBeevee

Ted Womack has been appearing at Mayberry events as “Mr. McBeevee” and bringing smiles for several years. Mr. McBeevee promises not to gossip or share what he has heard over the phonelines while working on the party lines around town wearing his shiny silver hat and using his 12 extra hands. But one thing he can do for you is make smoke come out of his ears. Ted truly loves representing Mr. McBeevee and sharing the morals taught in that episode.

Tonya Varvel as Juanita and Terry Varvel as Barney
Tonya Varvel as Juanita and Terry Varvel as Barney

Terry Varvel stepped into the role as a tribute artist for Deputy Fife in 2017 at Mayberry in the Midwest after having already done the character from time-to-time for smaller gatherings. Since then, he has become a regular at Mayberry events. His wife Tonya also got into the act appearing as Barney’s (oft-sung-to but never heard or seen) love interest, Juanita… just don’t tell Thelma Lou. This couple has added so much enjoyment to fans and you will certainly want to take a few minutes to get a ticket or place an order.

Rick Grimsley as Henry "the jinx" Bennett
Rick Grimsley as Henry “the jinx” Bennett

Rick Grimsley is a fan of The Andy Griffith Show and for years attended Mayberry events where tribute artist continually referred to him as “Henry Bennett” because of his likeness to the Mayberry citizen. Eventually Rick gave up and just started dressing as “the town jinx” and took ownership of the role. He has been “pulling out the hat size” and watching folks rub rabbit foots with a smile. He often even has the TV set that the citizens of Mayberry presented him to prove he wasn’t really a jinx and showing how rich he is to have so many friends. Just be sure to take some precautions if you’re going to be too near him so the jinx doesn’t rub off.

James Dodson as Andy
James Dodson as Andy

James “Andyish” Dodson is rather new to the Tribute Artist role. His oldest son has watched The Andy Griffith Show at Grandpa’s house for
years and many times has said, “You look like Andy!” So, in 2018 when James needed a Halloween costume, he started on the journey
that has brought him here today. While he and wife Joy were visiting the “Mayberry Meetup” in Mount Airy, NC in 2022 they were asked to come back in the fall and walk in the “Mayberry Days” parade. James likes to say that he is sinfully proud to be from Sampson County, NC.

Joy Dodson as Nurse Mary
Joy Dodson as Nurse Mary

James “Andyish” Dodson’s wife, Joy has dressed as several of Andy’s women. First as Helen Crump at their very first “Mayberry Meetup in Mount Airy, NC” in 2022. Then at their first “Mayberry Days”, in 2022 she decided to go as “Peggy Mcmillian” and continued as this character thru 2023. After many comments from various fans about needing their “Shot”, she decided to choose “Nurse Mary Simpson” as a new character she would like to portray! You’d best be sure your name is in Mary’s little book or she’ll have to give you that good shot!

Keith Brown as Colonel Harvey
Keith Brown as Colonel Harvey

Keith Brown can be seen pushing his Indian Elixir to Mayberry fans as a tribute to Colonel Harvey at Mayberry events all over the eastern United States. His mission in life is health, is zest, is vigor, is the joy of living. What he offers fans is no medicine. It is far more than that. It is a tonic, an elixir to purge the body. He will remind you that there are none so blind as those who will not see that Mayberry is the place to be. If you don’t think his elixir is top notch, well, then, friends, let me ask you one thing. Have you ever seen a fat, old, worried Indian? Have you ever known an Indian with ulcers? Stop by and see Col. Harvey and sample what he has to offer.

Norm Schultz as "Floyd Colby" (the first Floyd)
Norm Schultz as “Floyd Colby” (the first Floyd)

Norm Schultz first started entertaining Mayberry crowds as Newton Monroe in tribute to Don Rickles character on the show. It was quickly noted by fellow tribute artists that Norm resembled actor Walter Baldwin who played the “first Floyd” the barber appearing in only one episode of the show but remembered well. Being an author, entertainer, and professional actor, Norm took the comparison to heart and began his tribute as the “first Floyd” entertaining folks by measuring sideburns and trying to determine if they were “still in the chair.”  With him joining us, Scottsburg now has two barbers, no waiting.

Scottsburg’s own Cheryl Torline is a hard working member of the Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg team. She’s been an important part of the group who helps bring the festival to life. Last year Cheryl took on the task of portraying Mayberry’s beloved Aunt Bee. As you can see, she did a marvelous job with her attire, and her warm and caring personality allowed her to represent the character very well. Don’t miss your chance to visit with Cheryl…err Aunt Bee this year!