Mayberry Comes to Westminster

WESTMINSTER, SC — The City of Westminster will again transform into the city of Mayberry for the 4th Annual Mayberry Comes to Westminster  Festival on May 2-3, 2014.

The kick off to the 2014 festival is the Mayberry Beauty Pageants on March 22 at West-Oak Middle School. The ladies selected that evening will reign over the festivities in May. Prior to the opening ceremonies, the “Finding the Way Back to Mayberry” Bible study will again take place Thursday evening, May 1st at Westminster Baptist Church.

Mayberry look-a-likes, or tribute artists will be back to entertain folks during the weekend. Headlining is David Browning, The Mayberry Deputy, who for the last 25 years has portrayed the infamous Barney Fife all over America. Along with The Mayberry Deputy will be Allan “Floyd the Barber” Newsome, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, and Phil “Ernest T. Bass” Fox, Jeff “Howard Sprague” Branch, Kenneth “Otis Campbell” Junkin, Bob “Briscoe Darling” Mundy, and Christy "Andylene" McLendon. Many of these talented artists appeared at the first three annual events.
   
Also joining the festivities will be TAGS alumnus Rodney Dillard, one of the original “Darlings”. player. In addition Karen Knotts, daughter of the late Don Knotts,  will bring her one-women show “Knott, Knotts”.  Who’s there?” Getting to know the man behind Barney Fife to the festival.  The Dillard Band and the tribute artists will take part in a "Mayberry Moments" concert and talent show Saturday afternoon at the New Westminster Music Hall.
 
Several other venues are planned along with three Mayberry Day parades. Saturday, a Cruise In featuring vintage autos and tractors, whistling, look-a-like and trivia contests, “Salute to Elvis” dinner show Friday night, arts and craft displays, music and food venues, a silent auction and much more.

Sponsorship of the festival is available by contacting event coordinator Tom Rusk at (864) 638-7426.

For more information and for ticket purchases go to visit www.mayberrywestminster.com.