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Danville 'Mayberry' festival discontinued after 2-year hiatus

The Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, a tribute to "The Andy Griffith Show" that started in Danville in 2014, will no longer take place.
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File photo of the Mayberry Cafe in Danville, Indiana in March 2014.

DANVILLE, Ind. — A central Indiana festival honoring a popular 1960s TV show is being discontinued. 

The Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, a tribute to "The Andy Griffith Show" that started in Danville in 2014, will no longer take place, the Downtown Danville Partnership confirmed to 13News. The festival was not held the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The partnership told 13News the festival accounted for more than 40% of its annual budget. 

"We are reallocating those resources to projects that will enhance the downtown area for future generations while maintaining the historic character of our community, such as grants for facade improvements, infrastructure, and beautification," Anne Johansson, executive director of the Downtown Danville Partnership said in an email.

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival played such a special role downtown Danville, and we will miss seeing our special...

Posted by Mayberry in the Midwest on Monday, February 21, 2022

Johansson said several events are being planned this year, including a party for St. Patrick's Day and the annual Christmas on the Square, plus an event for Halloween. Private groups and businesses will also be holding events in Danville, as well. 

Click here to learn more about those events.

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