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May 14, 2014

Artists coming to town for Mayberry in the Midwest

DANVILLE—At the Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, tribute artists and two actors from the show will be performing and interacting with the public.

The tribute artists will be performing a skit on stage, mingling with the crowd, posing for photos and signing autographs. They will be interacting with the public on both days of the festival.

Experienced tribute artists from all over the country will reprise some of the show’s iconic roles such as Barney Fife, Gomer Pyle, Goober, Floyd the barber, Ernest T. Bass, Howard Sprague, Otis, Aunt Bee, Mayor Pike, Col. Harvey and Briscoe Darling.

Maggie Peterson Mancuso, who played Charlene Darling on the show, will be here. She is 73 now.

Rodney Dillard, who was the Darling brother who played guitar on the show, plans to be here as well. Dillard will celebrate his 72nd birthday during the weekend of the festival.

Dillard, who is now a minister and still performs with a band — Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band — will be hosting a bluegrass concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Amphitheater in Ellis Park. He will then provide a church service on Sunday morning at West Bridge Church, which is just outside of Danville at 1521 S. C.R. 75 W.

Dillard has had a long and varied career resulting so far in two Grammy nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, a well-known acting stint on “The Andy Griffith Show,” and has made many other movie, commercial and TV appearances. He was a recipient of The Outstanding Missourian Award, and earned worldwide acclaim for his more than 50 years of recording both traditional Bluegrass and his own brand of “Dillardgrass” music.

Dillard, a founding member of the legendary group “The Dillards” (aka “The Darlings”) is seen nearly everyday somewhere in the world, thanks to the still enormous popularity of “The Andy Griffith Show” reruns.

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